Maths No Problem – two terms in with year 1

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This is being trialled in Goldsworth Park school with year 1.

What does the programme consist of?

  • Two textbooks per year group which cover the English National Curriculum.
  • There are two workbooks which align with the textbooks.
  • Online element with training videos and parent support videos.

How are lessons compiled?

The ‘In Focus’ section is always a very open task that leads them to explore ideas and start to think about what they already know and how it can be used (it very much links in with the idea of letting the kite fly and then reeling it in!)

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The ‘Let’s Learn’ section focuses on the key mothods.

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There is then a ‘Guided Practice’ question and a ‘Mind Workout’ which are designed to be some variation activities.

 

Why are the lessons compiled like this?

During the training course we received insight into the research and thinking of 5 people… The Maths No Problem series is underpinned by their theories:

  • Jean Piaget – ample processing time (exploration)
  • Zoltan Dienes – ideas looked at informally before formal teaching
  • Lev Vygotsky – cooperative learning
  • Richard Skemp – relational understanding (links and relationships between concepts) not just instrumental (learning rules or by rote)
  • Jerome Bruner – CPA approach

 

Training

We were fortunate enough to go on a 6 day training course provided as part of this research project. This was highly valuable training and gave us the opportunity to talk to other teachers across the country doing the same.

If you buy into Maths No Problem you can buy training blocks from them depending on your needs.

 

Examples

Below are some examples of the work being produced by our children.

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Positives

  • Amazing methodology; children’s understanding is at a much higher level than in previous years.
  • The lessons are planned carefully in small steps allowing most children to keep up.
  • The textbooks have great visual representations which the children find easy to use.
  • The variation of tasks lead to a certain level of differentiation.
  • Online resource is useful for planning and the training videos are great.
  • Access to parent videos which can be placed on your website.
  • Training was excellent with Professor Yeap Ban Har.

Negatives

  • Expensive!
  • Still need to differentiate for the more able, especially at the start of the year, so suitable depth was being reached.
  • Textbooks mean that levels of literacy can hold children back.
  • Workbooks need to be bought to purchase the scheme and we have not been able to build them into the work we’ve done.
  • Planning can take a little more time when splitting the lessons up – needs professional dialogue, but this is actually a huge positive too!
  • You still need to provide for the children that have barriers to their learning as you would with any scheme.

 

Next steps

  • YES!
  • We think it is having massive impact and we have found a way of making it work costs wise.
  • CPD of staff will be highly important in this and we will only be introducing it one year group at a time.

 

Things to consider

  • If you can’t afford to buy into the whole scheme then it is worthwhile purchasing a copy for each teacher just to help them see the progression and get ideas from the ‘In Focus’ sections.

 

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