Maths — No Problem! in our school
We are now in our fourth year of implementing the scheme in our school; our teaching staff have been overjoyed with the simplicity of the resources and detailed support provided by the online guide. The progress of Maths teaching in our school has been remarkable and the expertise of our teachers is always strengthening. There has been a particular improvement in the oracy of our children, as well as their ability to explain their mathematical thinking coherently in their Maths journals. Linked to this, we have taken part in the ‘Mayor’s Fund Count On Us’ challenge and one can see how the quality teaching from the Singapore approach to Maths has had a momentous impact.
Additionally, as a school we arrange whole-school Maths competitions to engage the pupils in their learning, such as a ‘Beat the Teacher’ competition as well as a ‘Multiplication Facts World Cup’. The children love it! Furthermore, our subject leads have taken part in a teaching research group with the ‘London North East Maths Hub’, which has helped us develop our understanding of teaching for mastery.
It is important to us that we continue to build on our approach to teaching for mastery as we want to ensure the best learning experiences for our children. Our CPD has therefore been ongoing and precisely personalised to meet the needs of our teachers.
At the beginning of our journey, we sought out the support from an accredited school and organised numerous visits for groups of our staff to attend Three Bridges Primary School. Having groups of Teachers attend allowed for fantastic professional discussions and an effective dissemination of knowledge for all our teachers. We also used our local contacts to visit schools in the area that had begun to use the MNP resources. We regularly use the London North East Maths Hub as a source of training when areas come up that we feel need addressing or further information.
Through the Hub, we learnt of the Teacher Research Groups (TRGs) and joined a pilot in the academic year 2016-17; this process continued throughout the 2017-18 academic year and so much has been learnt from our participation. The TRGs gave members of staff the opportunity to observe the Shanghai lesson exchange; a thoroughly enlightening experience.
As part of our Multi-Academy Trust, the Maths Leads across seven schools meet regularly to share good practice and discuss prevalent topics. Most recently, one of our Maths Leads became a Mastery Specialist Teacher through the London North East Maths Hub. This opportunity provided her with a wealth of training, which she in turn shares through staff meetings as well as middle and senior leadership. She will be involved in the professional development of neighbouring schools in the development of Mastery in their schools. The second Maths Lead visited China as part of a cultural exchange, and relished the opportunity to see Maths being taught there, using their experience to further develop our practice.
We have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the effective implementation Maths — No Problem! and will continue to do so in our relentless drive to provide the very best in maths teaching in our school.