Mathematics at The Minster

At The Minster Junior school we firmly believe that all children have the potential to achieve highly in Mathematics. Our goal is to engender in all of our pupils a sense of success and enjoyment of mathematics to enable them to fulfill this potential. We expect that when children leave us for the challenges of secondary school, they are ready, able and confident mathematicians.

Year 6 continue to follow the 2014 Mathematics National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. 

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Years 3 to 5 follow the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme of work which encompasses all the fundamentals of the Mathematics National Curriculum. This approach to teaching Mathematics means that children study concepts for a longer period of time in order to deepen their understanding and knowledge. The mathematics involved is presented and discussed in as many different ways as possible, so that children are familiar with using those mathematical concepts in a variety of situations.
Fundamental to mathematics is the C-P-A approach. Children are initially exposed to a concept in a concrete way, using physical mathematics manipulatives to see and discuss the concept. Then, children are encouraged to represent and discuss this understanding pictorially, before being ready to apply their mathematics learning in a more abstract way and explain how they did this. Mathematical equipment for children to manipulate will always be available in lessons to support children’s understanding and explanations.
The second crucial element of our approach is the focus on children explaining their understanding clearly using key mathematical vocabulary. It is very empowering for children when they can not only just find an answer, but explain their method clearly. Our children will spend a significant amount of time explaining verbally how they found their answer and use calculations to prove their understanding. Those children who move onto challenge questions will frequently be encouraged to explain how their knowledge in that specific topic can help them with other areas of their Mathematics.
Maths — No Problem! Primary Maths Series, is fully aligned with the 2014 English national curriculum for maths. In Year 6 we are currently using the Rising Stars framework.
You can view the Maths-Nop Problem schemes of work for each year group here:
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Please click on the following progression frameworks for each year group:
Maths Year 3
Maths Year 4
Maths Year 5
Maths Year 6
Useful websites


Number Stars

Chidlren enjoy number stars as a way of testing them on their maths knowledge. When they pass, they should be given a target sheet to revise what they need to know for the next star. They will receive a certificate for a pass and a gold star in the values assembly when they pass gold.

The target sheets for number stars can be found and printed here: Number Star Targets.


Below, you can see the training videos that explains the methods used on the Maths No Problem scheme:

Fundamental Idea


Number Bonds




Mental Calculations




Long Division


Bar Model 1


Bar Model 2