Maths at OLM

At OLM, from Reception to year 6, we follow 'Maths No Problem' to deliver our maths curriculum. At the heart of the approach is teaching maths for mastery. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedure.

Jerome Bruner’s Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach is a learning theory that lies at the heart of Maths — No Problem! This approach builds on learner’s existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. It is a progression that supports pupils when they are learning new ideas, starting with the ‘doing’ stage that uses concrete manipulatives, real-life examples or activities to allow learners to discover the mathematical concepts for themselves. 

The scheme effectively covers the curriculum with a spiral approach both by topic and year group. Each lesson recaps and builds on mathematical skill and knowledge from the previous lesson, in the same way that each year group builds on the mathematical skill and knowledge taught in the previous year.

Fluency resources are used on a daily basis utilising ‘Fluent in 5’resources and , Rapid Recall for a weekly mental maths test. Home learning and times tables activities are set by teachers using My Maths and TTRockstars.