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St Michael'sCatholic Primary School



                                    Maths — No Problem!

This year, across Year 1 - 6, we will be using the Maths - No Problem! mastery teaching approach from Singapore.  This is a highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence. It has been created especially for children in the U.K. and follows the National Curriculum 2014.  Through  this CPA approach the pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting and using formulas they don't really understand. They develop fluency without the need for rote learning.  

                           We are very excited to be beginning this mathematical journey!


What Is C P A ?           

The concrete, pictorial and abstract approach allows for children to gain conceptual understanding in a gradual systematic approach.


Using concrete resources allows the opportunity for informal play. This should take place at the beginning of all learning as it gives pupils the opportunity to investigate a concept first and then make connections when formal methods are introduced through teaching. 


This stage is vital for allowing children to show their understanding of a concept taught. It also continues to support children in sufficiently understanding process they need to go through in order to solve mathematical statements.


The abstract stage often runs alongside the concrete, pictorial stage as children need to read mathematical statements and use the concrete resources or pictorial representations to show their understanding of the mathematical statement.