Maths — No Problem! in our school
As a school, we use all online resources to support planning and assessment. Additionally, we have taken all new staff through the model videos on the MNP website, which has been an excellent resource for us. Staff have commented that as a result of these efforts, children have progressed quickly in maths and are more able to reason and explain their thinking in detail — this was further confirmed by OFSTED.
Our leadership team’s original vision to implement the MNP approach across the school has come to fruition and is constantly developing. We’ve recently invested in the MNP Mathsteasers booklets which are being implemented across KS2, providing high-quality challenges for the most able learners.
In order to keep up with the latest developments and to allow for consistent refining of mathematics at Slade Primary, our headteacher, Helen Hastilow, chairs the strategic board for the Central Maths Hub. We are working closely with practitioners in other Maths Hubs to develop their practise. In addition, two of our practitioners have, on their own time, completed the Maths Hub Subject Knowledge course, enabling them to support others successfully.
In January of 2018 we hosted the Shanghai Exchange programme. Our Maths leader spent two weeks in Shanghai and we hosted two Shanghai teachers who taught in Year 2 and Year 5. All staff at Slade Primary attended these lessons and were involved in the pre- and post-discussions. It was a great opportunity for staff and children alike. And our maths lead was able to bring back expertise and knowledge which she was able to share with all staff.
We are currently supporting a school in Tamworth through their own mastery maths journey and over the past 3 years, we have welcomed 12 schools and their senior leaders into our doors to see mastery in action first-hand.