All children at Eastbury follow the Maths No Problem scheme which is based on a number of teaching approaches from Shanghai but developed for the English national curriculum. The scheme encourages pupils of all ages to use concrete resources to explore the problems they are trying to solve. The aim is to build mathematicians who can represent, understand and solve problems in a variety of ways.
Sequence of a Maths Lesson
Giving children the opportunity to explore, represent and solve is at the heart of our teaching. Our lessons generally follow this methodology:
Anchor Task: Children will be presented with a problem, which they need to solve in mixed ability groups. During this part of the lesson, the teacher will provide the children with a range of suitable manipulatives (resources such as cubes, counters or number cards); teachers also ask well thought-out questions, which enable the children to think deeply about their learning. The children are likely to experience moments of struggle during this part of the lesson, but this is necessary in order for them to develop their problem solving skills.
Let’s Learn: During this part of the lesson, the children have the opportunity to share their methods, which are then shared with the class. The teacher will use the textbook at this point to share multiple methods to solve the problem. More often than not, the methods in the textbook match the methods the children themselves have come up with!
Journaling: Children will have the opportunity to solve a problem similar to the Anchor Task independently. This part of the lesson is very important in that it allows the children to present their work creatively in a way that is meaningful to them. It also allows the teacher to see which of the children have understood the concept.
Guided Practice: The teacher works with the class through a series of related questions designed to help the children develop their ability to identify patterns and use these to make links in their learning.
Independent Practice: Once the teacher is satisfied that the children have all accessed the learning, they have the opportunity to complete a workbook activity where they can demonstrate their learning.
Times Table Awards
Times tables are the key to all things maths! Children can achieve different awards when they learn their times tables:
Bronze Award: Bronze award means a child knows their 2, 5 and 10 times tables in any order
Silver Award: Silver award means a child knows their 3, 4, 6 and 8 times tables in any order
Gold Award: Gold award means a child knows all their times tables in any order