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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

B - Persevere with new concepts in mathematics and be brave enough to have a go

- Grow a generation of confident learners who are able to say 'I am a mathematician'

- Know that mathematics is for everyone, regardless of gender, race and ability

E - We take pride in our work and we value our mistakes, knowing that these are a huge part of learning in mathematics

- Take time during lessons to reflect on learning and support those around us

K - We use an approach that uses concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches to knowledge acquisition

      Concrete - we use concrete resources to allow learners to physically make the question and see it clearly. 

      Resources vary dependent on the strand of mathematics.

      Pictorial - each lesson begins with an anchor task in which pictorial representations of a problem are given.

      Again, this ensures learners can see the question and understand it regardless of reading ability.

      Abstract - once the basics of a skill have been learned, we move to more abstract questions. At this stage

      learners may still choose to use concrete resources or draw diagrams to assist their thinking

Y - Ensure that learning in mathematics is fun, using collaborative learning, open ended challenges and resources that are accessible for all 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