Maths — No Problem! in our school
The Maths – No Problem! approach to teaching is at the very heart of how we teach at West Twyford Primary. As educators, we have an immense passion and enthusiasm for the subject at every level in our school; the senior leadership team, all teachers, parents and children have a love of Maths and we put that down to the way the Maths – No Problem! lessons are designed and delivered.
In addition, we have seen an improvement in the academic standards across the school. In particular, 25% of our children, on average, are achieving the greater depth standard. In KS2, this figure is 33%, and 38% of our current Year 6 are predicted to achieve greater depth. In one of the Year 6 classes, 50% of the children have been assessed at the greater depth standard. We attribute this success to the implementation of the Maths – No Problem! approach, consistent and effective CPD, team teaching and an ethos of collaboration.
Our teachers have found that by using a whole-class teaching approach, our children are able to articulate their mathematical reasoning to a high standard. In particular children, who would otherwise struggle with mathematical concepts, are given time to ‘talk out’ the problem. As a school we have high mobility, which provides an additional challenge; however, this whole-class approach is so effective that even children who join us in UKS2 are able to catch up and exceed their peers due to the CPA model. As an example, a child joined us in Year 5 with very little English, no experience with school in the UK and had a very low starting point. After a year, he is achieving greater depth in maths.
We now provide an on-going programme of in-house staff training delivered by our Maths Leads. This, so far, has involved looking at the pedagogy and theory of Singapore Maths, the MNP lesson structure, journaling, differentiation, the teacher as a facilitator concept, effective questioning and bar-modelling. Next year, we will build on our understanding of how to teach bar-modelling, fractions and geometry and have a series of Inset days specifically for Maths.
We are committed to improving our practice and are passionate about disseminating the expertise and knowledge that we have acquired from the Maths – No Problem! training, the on-line video library, teacher hub and self-study. We are proud to be leaders in how Maths is led, taught and learned.