St. Barnabas Church of England Primary School

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The Maths - No Problem! Mission

We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support.


Maths - No Problem! is a series of textbooks and workbooks written to meet the requirements of the 2014 English national curriculum. The MNP Primary Series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the MNP Primary Series are recommended textbooks for schools on the mastery programme.


Maths - No Problem! builds skills gradually and systematically, ensuring learners are given opportunities to master each new area of learning before moving on. It is designed as a spiral of skills where concepts are revisited regularly to fully embed learning.


Lessons typically are broken into four parts:

  1. Anchor 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. New Learning – the teacher introduces and explains the new learning for the lesson.
  3. Guided Practice – children practice new learning in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
  4. Independent Practice – practice 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.

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

Have a look at the programmes of study for each year group;

Mathematics Intent Statement

At St Barnabas School, we intend for pupils to develop a love of maths and enjoy the excitement and challenge that problem solving brings. We use a maths mastery approach to deliver active and engaging teaching which promotes curiosity, creativity, resilience and growth mindset. Learning is put into real life context where possible, to help children understand the role of mathematics in the world around them and encourage them to become lifelong learners.

Useful links


Times table rockstars - all children years 3-6 have a log in for this to use at home to practice times table skills

Maths - No Problem! learning at home - resources for parents to use with their children at home which link to our in school scheme