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Allenton Community

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Maths No Problem and the structure of Maths lessons.


At Allenton we use the Maths No Problem scheme as the basis of our Maths teaching.  Maths No Problem uses rich problems as the central starting point to Maths learning.  We use this in school to structure lessons which build on learning in small steps.  The structure is as follows:

Review (a chance to revisit prior learning and make links)

In focus (looking at the problem and investigating it)

Let's Learn (sharing together what has been explored and modelling key understanding)

Journaling (recording thinking and practising the skills which have been learnt)

Reflection (a opportunity to think about the learning which has taken place)

Mastery Maths


Mastery Maths is about looking at learning in depth rather than at a surface level, making strong connections and applying to new contexts.  This is the approach we use in Allenton, with investigating and working with peers a central part of this.


Mastery Maths diagram

Glossary showing vocabulary and methods

Times Tables

Children are introduced to the concept of multiplication and grouping from an early age but the recall and knowledge of times tables is more formally introduced in Year 2 where children begin to learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  In Year 3, the 3, 4, and 8 times tables are brought in, followed by the rest (up to 12 x 12) in Year 4.  Children take part in the National Multiplication check in Year 4 which is an online test.  At Allenton we recognise that children need regular practise on key number facts to keep them sharp, so all children from Year 2 to Year 6 have a Times Tables Rock Stars account.  Using their 1:1 iPads, they get the opportunity to refine their skills in a fun way, becoming Rock Legends along the way!

We love Maths!