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.