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The maths provision at St Nicholas follows the National Curriculum 2014 such 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.


Using small steps of instruction, based on the resources from Maths No Problem, we use concrete and visual resources to ensure a deep understanding of concepts for all children. We focus on developing mental strategies such that children have a deep understanding of number and calculation which they can apply to increasingly complex problems. 


We teach Maths using the Maths No Problem scheme. Problem solving, fluency and relational understanding are at the heart of the scheme. It uses the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach and allows pupils to spend enough time to fully explore a topic, reinforcing it with practise, before moving onto the next one. All ideas are built on previous knowledge and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between topics.


Lessons are broken into four parts:


  1. In Focus 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.
  2. Let’s Learn – the teacher introduces and explains the new learning for the lesson.
  3. Guided Practice – children practise new learning in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
  4. Independent Practice – practise on your own. Once children have mastered the concept, they use their reasoning and problem-solving skills to develop their depth of learning.


Key points:

  • A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence.
  • Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning.
  • Introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach.
  • 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.


Find out more at the Maths No Problem website. (Link Below)


We also use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help pupils develop fluency in multiplication tables.

For homework, children use MyMaths website to practise previously learnt maths knowledge and skills.


In Reception, activities are based on the resources from White Rose. Through the use of concrete and visual resources, children are encouraged to explore and investigate.


Recovery Curriculum

For the beginning of the Autumn Term, we are using resources from White Rose Maths Hub to ensure that children are secure in previous year’s learning before moving onto current year group topics.



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