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Maths No Problem
At Belmont, we use a Maths Mastery approach to ensure that our pupils master key mathematical concepts to a level of depth where they can apply them in practical contexts. To help us achieve this, we have introduced a scheme of work called Maths No Problem which is aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for Mathematics and is based on what is called 'The Singapore Method'. 

 

Using the Maths No Problem textbooks and workbooks, pupils are taught key skills in a logical sequence. They learn new concepts initially using concrete examples, such as counters, then progress to drawing pictorial representations before finally using more abstract symbols, such as the equals sign. Additionally, pupils are encouraged to reason about their learning by exploring and explaining their methods in greater detail. This is a central theme in Singapore Maths where the learning is focused on achieving mastery rather than moving on to new concepts too quickly.

 

The whole class works through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years.

 

Tasks and activities are designed to be easy for pupils to enter while still containing challenging components. For advanced learners, the textbooks also contain non-routine questions for pupils to develop their higher-order thinking skills.

 

Lessons and activities are designed to be taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with pupils’ core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding.

 

This may be very different to the way in which you were taught yourself. To help you support your child at home please see the link below to the ‘Maths No Problem’ website and Parent Videos.

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This is a fun and challenging programme that can be played on laptops and tablets and is designed to help pupils master the times tables! It is used in school and can be accessed at home too. Regular short bursts will help your child improve in their times tables.

 

To be a Times Tables Rock Star the children will have to answer any multiplication fact up to 12x12 in less than 3 seconds! There are many player modes and they can play by themselves, against others from their class/school and can challenge other children from all over the world.

 

Over the course of weeks and months your child WILL get faster and more accurate with the times tables as long as they use it regularly. The goal is for all participating rockers to be Times Tables Rock Stars after 20 weeks of using the site.

 

To find out more, please click HERE.

National Curriculum: Mathematics (DfE)

The national curriculum for mathematics ensures that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non- routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

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