Maths — No Problem! in our school
From an early age, we’re watching our children become mathematicians who enjoy the level of challenge and exploration that our maths lessons now contain. We currently teach MNP across all year groups as well as apply the fundamentals to our EYFS provision, where we are able to prepare our young learners for the MNP programme in Y1 as well as lay firm foundations.
Our induction programme for new staff members includes training in the MNP approach. Close mentoring by our maths lead and STEM team has seen school-wide consistency improve year-over-year. Moreover, the importance of having skilled practitioners across different phases that can deliver maths teaching and leadership has been maintained by ensuring that ongoing CPD is at the heart of our curriculum. We regularly hold Inset training where staff are able to share good practice, and visiting other classrooms enables teachers to create consistency in how we deliver learning.
The textbooks and workbooks are now part of every lesson in every classroom. We’ve implemented effective journaling both by the children and the teachers when exploring the anchor task; and we have watched it make learning accessible for all. Manipulatives are regularly in use from nursery to Y6, where children are able to both extend and support learning using practical equipment effectively.
As a leadership team we have also attended many of the in-depth training courses that MNP has to offer. We regularly attend the MNP annual conferences and have taken part in the EYFS training to transform our EYFS maths teaching. We have also sent many members of staff to visit Three Bridges Primary in Southall, a school with a similar demographic, to further see how we can develop our deployment of the scheme.
We have seen amazing increases in attainment across the school since embedding MNP into the curriculum. Our maths results have risen steadily year-over-year in KS1 and KS2, most notably in 2018 with 93% of KS2 learners reaching the expected standard, and a further 60% reaching GDS. Our progress for maths in 2018 was the highest in Hounslow, which has meant that many of our local schools are now visiting us to see how we are delivering maths using MNP.
One of our proudest achievements is that children who are part of our ASD centre are now able to access mathematics through the MNP approach despite previously being up to two years behind their peers. Now, they are making phenomenal progress in maths.