Maths — No Problem! in our school
Some teachers initially expressed concern as they found the small steps progression and the style of teaching very different from their previous practice. However, as we progressed further into implementation, they could see a tremendous shift in learners’ attitudes, enjoyment and achievement in maths.
We’ve been diligent in ensuring a consistent approach, following the guidance and training from Maths — No Problem! Our teachers have created custom resources in order to deliver the scheme effectively. Across year groups, the SMART files created by staff, opportunities to write in their journal, correct vocabulary as a non-negotiable and access to concrete materials have facilitated a seamless transition when moving between year groups. As a SMART Regional Training Centre, we have used our skills and expertise to develop interactive notebook files which further enhance the Maths — No Problem! approach.
Children are more invested in their learning. It’s fantastic to visit a maths lesson in Year 1 and watch children confidently use concrete materials and discuss their learning using vocabulary that five-year-olds had not previously accessed.
We are shaping independent thinkers who can speak confidently about the various methods they can use to solve a maths problem, and then choose the most effective way. They are engaged, interested and excited about maths. Bar modelling, access to concrete resources and a wide range of problem-solving strategies has made reasoning questions more accessible to all learners — not just the traditionally ‘more able’ learners.
The feedback from the children and staff has been fantastic:
“It is very fun and we learn lots at the beginning. It goes in the right order: it gets easier then harder and the teacher gives us lots of help”, Bardh (Year 4)
“I like it because it is fun and challenging!”, Oliver (Year 3)
“What I like about Maths – No Problem! is the equipment we use and the different questions.”, Sophie (Year 3)
“I like the new maths book because it encourages children to work hard and to understand the meanings of some vocabulary.”, Isabel (Year 3)
“Some lessons start easy but then get hard. Sometimes we use whiteboards and cubes and we get to talk.”, Erin (Year 1)
The children love sharing their work with each other, staff and senior leaders. They particularly enjoy and are so very proud when they are photographed with their learning for the twitter account. The children were equally excited when Maths — No Problem! had seen, commented and re-tweeted them!
We have thoroughly enjoyed the Maths — No Problem! journey we embarked on in 2016 and would embrace the opportunity to share our successes, challenges and how we addressed them. We are fully committed to this teaching approach as we have seen the overwhelming benefit to all of our pupils.