At Heath Fields we teach Maths through the Singapore maths approach, following the Maths No
Problem (MNP) programme (Y1 – Y6). The principal aim is to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and
understanding. During our daily lessons, we encourage pupils to demonstrate their understanding using
a range of visual and written strategies to ensure a rich depth of understanding.
- Exploration - instead of ‘Let me teach you…’ as a starting point, children are encouraged to explore a problem themselves to see what they already know.
Structured discussion - the teacher will lead a discussion with the children in order to organise the findings of the exploration, compare/contrast strategies and guide toward the most efficient strategy (or the one being learnt that day).
Questions to challenge thinking – teachers use questioning throughout every lesson to check understanding. Children are also encouraged to question each other frequently throughout the lesson; this aids the development of independent learners and deepens their understanding. A variety of questions are used, such as: How do you know? Can you prove it? Are you sure? Is that right? What’s the same/different about? Can you explain that? What does your partner think? Can you imagine? Questions are also used to challenge children who have grasped the concept. Children are expected to listen to each other’s responses and may be asked to explain someone else’s ideas in their own words, or if they agree/disagree etc.
Discussion and feedback – pupils have opportunities to talk to their partners and explain/clarify their thinking throughout the lesson, but are expected to complete written work independently (unless working in a guided group with the teacher)
Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 National curriculum in England
The following documents show the topics that are covered by each year group - although when they are taught during the year may differ slightly. Also some units may be taught outside of the maths lessons e.g. Roman numerals during Topic work on Romans or repeating patterns during Christmas art. Please click on the year group you wish to view.
Knowledge, Skills and Understanding Progression in Mathematics
These documents show the progression (from Year 1 - to year 6) through the individual units.
Geometry - properties of shapes
Geometry - position, direction and movement