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Primary Maths

The Primary Maths Series from Maths — No Problem!

Incorporating the use of resources, problem solving and group work, the Primary Series is child-centred and fun to teach. With a focus on teaching maths for mastery, the series is designed to improve the maths confidence of both teachers and learners.

"I wish I had been taught maths this way at school"

School leader interviewed for 'Implementing Maths — No Problem! In Primary Schools Report', Frederick Sandall, May 2016

Need to Know

  • Maths textbooks, workbooks and assessment papers for years 1 to 6
  • Based on the evidence-based approach developed in Singapore
  • Fully aligned with the 2014 English National Curriculum for maths

  • Complies with the UK's High Quality Textbook guidance published by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM)
  • Selected by the Department for Education for the Maths Hub programme

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Maths — No Problem! Programme Case Study

Why maths teaching needs to change

Teaching Maths for Mastery

The whole class works through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years.

Differentiated Activities

Tasks and activities are designed to be easy for pupils to enter while still containing challenging components. For advanced learners, the textbooks also contain non-routine questions for pupils to develop their higher-order thinking skills.

Problem Solving

Lessons and activities are designed to be taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with pupils’ core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding, based on Richard Skemp’s work.

Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) Approach

Based on Jerome Bruner’s work, pupils learn new concepts initially using concrete examples, such as counters, then progress to drawing pictorial representations before finally using more abstract symbols, such as the equals sign.


The questions and examples are carefully varied by expert authors to encourage pupils to think about the maths. Rather than provide mechanical repetition, the examples are designed to deepen pupils’ understanding and reveal misconceptions.

International Research

By incorporating established learning research into a highly effective approach, Singapore has become a “laboratory of maths teaching”. The Primary Maths Series is founded on the international research of Piaget, Dienes, Bruner, Skemp and Vygotsky and has been tested and refined over the last 30 years in Singapore.

UK Evidence

This Primary Maths Series is being used in English Maths Hubs as part of the Textbook Project run by the NCETM. Their evaluation reports that 9 out of 10 schools participating in the project saw improvements in teacher subject knowledge and pupil attainment.
Source: NCETM Maths Hubs Textbooks Project Year 1 Report, September 2015