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Maths at Dovecote

Times Table Songs

The super talented Sara King from the Nottingham Music Hub has created these fantastic Times Table songs for use in the school and by parents at home.

Maths No Problem!

Exciting maths news!

This term at Dovecote, teachers in years 1-6 has started a new mastery approach to teaching maths.

‘Maths No Problem!’ is based on methods of teaching found to be successful in Singapore and is now used in many schools in the UK.

The series is highly structured and is designed to ensure all children make good progress in maths and attain the expected level for their age. It involves using resources, group work and problem-solving in a fun and engaging way. The children are encouraged to explore methods and explain their ideas fully.

Training for staff will continue this term as we prepare for the launch of Maths No Problem in the new school year. Some of the methods may be very different from how you were taught maths at school. To help support your child at home, click the link below to watch the parent videos and find out more.


Parent Videos

You can view all the exciting videos about Maths No Problem! on their website by following the link provided. https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/ 

Information for Parents

Maths in Dovecote


Maths should be…

  • an essential element of communication which is important to analyse and communicate information and ideas;
  • an important tool which can be used to enable things to be done which might otherwise be impossible and should equip the children for adult life;
  • one way of teaching flexibility, initiative, accuracy, systematic logical thinking and is a source of interest and fun.

"A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled."

It enables us to probe the natural universe and to develop new technologies that have helped us control and master our environment, and change societal expectations and standards of living. 

It disciplines the mind, develops logical and critical reasoning and develops analytical and problem-solving skills to a high degree.

Aims for Maths in Dovecote

  • High Standards
  • Exciting Learning
  • Learn in a range of different ways
  • Increased understanding of application of skills
  • Challenge
  • Planned, Structured Excitement
  • Raise profile of and interest in Maths in wider environment

General Principles of Maths


Maths Teaching Should…

  • provide children with a balance of exploration, acquisition, consolidation and application.
  • ensure that children experience the excitement of learning mathematics.
  • direct and steer children to explore, identify and use rules, patterns and properties and model this process.
  • build in frequent short and sharp periods of practice and consolidation.
  • engage with children’s thinking, giving sufficient time for dialogue and discussion and space to think.
  • demonstrate the correct use of mathematical vocabulary, language and symbols, images, diagrams and models as tools to support and extend thinking.
  • give well-directed opportunities for children to use and apply their learning.
  • teach children how to evaluate solutions and analyse methods and understand why some methods are more efficient than others.
  • pause and take stock to review children’s learning with them.
  • model with children how they identify their learning skills and manage and review their own learning.
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