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Maths No Problem

As a school we have been introducing the Maths scheme Maths No Problem to our children. Below is information for the parents originally share in the Summer of 2019 as part of a parent workshop. Schemes of work with long term plans can also be found at the bottom of this page.

Parents Information


Calculation Booklets

The booklet below cover the methods that we teach the children to use in school. While there are specific methods that we teach in each Year Group the children will have methods that they feel more confident with. Our aim is to develop an understanding of the Mathematical concepts behind these methods rather than teaching the children steps in a process. Talking and explaining these methods is as important as carrying them out.

St Lukes Addition

St Lukes Division

St Lukes Multiplication

St Lukes Subtraction


Times Tables

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.


From 2020 children in Year 4 will complete a Multiplication Table Check as part of national DfE tesing. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Year 4 children can fluently recall their multiplication tables and help schools to identify those who require additional support. Our presentation to parents can be found below:

Year 4 Times Tables Check


Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)

To develop your child’s fluency and mental maths skills, we are introducing KIRFs throughout school. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of.

KIRFs are designed to support the development of mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths work in our school. They are particularly useful when calculating, adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. They contain number facts such as number bonds and times tables that need constant practise and rehearsal, so children can recall them quickly and accurately.

Instant recall of facts helps enormously with mental agility in maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these key facts is very beneficial. For your child to become more efficient in recalling them easily, they need to be practised frequently and for short periods of time.

Each half term, children will focus on a Key Instant Recall Fact (KIRF) to practise and learn at home for the half term. They will also be available on our school website under the maths section and each child will receive a copy to keep at home. We will also have a permanent ‘Maths Mastery’ display in our corridor. The KIRFs include practical ideas to assist your child in grasping the key facts and contain helpful suggestions of ways in which you could make this learning interesting and relevant. They are not designed to be a time-consuming task and can be practised anywhere – in the car, walking to school, etc. Regular practice - little and often – helps children to retain these facts and keep their skills sharp. Throughout the half term, the KIRFs will also be practised in school and your child’s teacher will assess whether they have been retained.

Over their time at primary school, we believe that - if the KIRFs are developed fully - children will be more confident with number work, understand its relevance, and be able to access the curriculum much more easily. They will be able to apply what they have learnt to a wide range of problems that confront us regularly


St Lukes Year 1 KIRF

St Lukes Year 2 KIRF

St Lukes Year 3 KIRF

St Lukes Year 4 KIRF

St Lukes Year 5 KIRF

St Lukes Year 6 KIRF


Schemes of Work 

These schemes of work is taken from the Maths — No Problem! Primary Maths Series, which is fully aligned with the 2014 English national curriculum for maths. It outlines the content and topic order of the series and indicates the level of depth needed to teach maths for mastery.

Maths — No Problem! syllabus is based on the model developed in Singapore, which has been tested and refined over the last 30 years.

Our scheme of work demonstrates the spiral approach used in the programme, which builds pupils’ depth of understanding and mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning. Learning is presented in small-step, logical sequences organised into individual lessons with a title indicating the focus of learning for that lesson. The sequence of lessons is carefully organised with clear lines of progression.

This scheme of work provides:

  • An overview of the national curriculum topics covered during the school year by term.
  • A full lesson breakdown for each national curriculum topic and the learning objective for each lesson.

The topics are colour coded to reflect the national curriculum content domain strands. This also allows you to see when the different topics are introduced and revisited.

Please note that the time allocated to each topic is only provided as a guide and is not meant to be prescriptive. The concepts are broken down into a number of lessons, which offer small-step progression for the most struggling of learners. As such, teachers can use their professional judgement to combine two consecutive lessons into one session as appropriate for their learners. 

Maths No Problem Scheme of Work Yr 1

Maths No Problem Scheme of Work Yr 2

Maths No Problem Scheme of Work Yr 3

Maths No Problem Scheme of Work Yr 4

Maths No Problem Scheme of Work Yr 5

Maths No Problem Scheme of Work Yr 6







Paper copies of all documents are available by contacting our school office 

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