Maths No Problem


Mathematics is taught every day. Children at Southill love maths! We use the Maths No Problem scheme throughout the school. It is a highly-respected approach to teaching maths that is based on the Singapore methods. Each lesson is structured in a similar way and relies on the teacher guiding children’s discussion around a daily ‘problem’.

Our maths curriculum places an emphasis on learning through games, problems and practical tasks. Practical resources are always available for the children who develop a strong independence in their learning as they move through the school.

Maths No Problem explained

What is so great about Singapore Maths?

Problem solving is at the heart of mathematics. The focus is not on rote procedures, rote memorisation or tedious calculations but on relational understanding. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems working with their core competencies, such as visualisation, generalisation and decision making. In summary:

Singapore consistently top the international benchmarking studies for maths teaching.

  • It is a highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence.
  • It builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning.
  • It introduces new concepts using approaches developed from research.
  • Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand.
  • Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model.

How are lessons taught?

Concepts merge from one chapter to the next. Chapters are then broken down into individual lessons.

Lessons typically are broken into three parts and can last one or more days. Pupils master topics before moving on.

How are the lessons organised?

Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.

Guided Practice – practice new ideas in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.

Independent Practice – practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their depth of learning.

What impact will Singapore Maths have on the pupils of Southill?

Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation. They will be able to visualise and generalise more readily due to a more in-depth understanding.

Struggling learners will be fully supported through accessing concrete equipment and use of visual models to support understanding.

Confident learners will be challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, development of reasoning skills and by exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.

All learners will access teaching of content which matches the expectations of the National Curriculum in England and be supported further, if needed, in order to access this. The resources match the expectations for formal written methods set out by the Government, alongside greater understanding.