St Anthony’s Girls use Singapore Maths to master problem solving

Last Updated on : 4th July 2017

St. Anthony’s School for Girls has introduced a new Mathematics curriculum which has seen the pupils master problem solving.

Pupils at St Anthony's School for Girls working on their Maths using the new Inspire Maths technique

The Golders Hill based school initially trialled the Singapore Mathematics technique to the Year 3 pupils. Following a successful pilot of the Oxford University Press scheme, Inspire Maths, – which has been written to deliver the Singapore maths approach – it will now be rolled out to Years 1 to 4.

Inspire Maths is a highly scaffolded learning framework with problem solving at its heart. Inspire Maths helps children to learn to use heuristics to solve problems. Heuristics refers to the different strategies that children can adopt to solve unfamiliar or non-routine problems. These strategies include drawing the bar model, pattern spotting, using diagrams and estimating. The CPA approach (concrete, pictorial and abstract) helps children achieve secure number sense which is an understanding of what numbers really represent and how to use them mathematically.

By ‘seeing’ the maths through the use of concrete apparatus or visual representations, the pupils can gain a greater insight into the problem, which is the biggest issue for girls taking the 11+. This new technique is important in helping them to master their problem solving objectives for their own year group on a deeper level, benefiting them ahead of the 11+ exams in the future. The programme is highly structured and ensures every topic is covered in depth rather than more shallow ‘surface level’ learning.

Head teacher Laura Martin commented: “This new approach has given the girls the skills to feel confident when tackling challenging maths problems. They are able to select and apply the techniques taught through the programme to various problem solving scenarios, guaranteeing successful preparation for 11+ exams. The feedback from parents has been very positive as the pupils find the programme challenging but are coping very well thanks to the ‘practice makes permanent’ concept underpinning the initiative.”

St. Anthony’s School for Girls teaches pupils in a Catholic environment, and is inclusive and open to other faiths. The school educates girls from age 4 – 11.  Classes in Reception and Year 3 opened in September 2016 and Year 1, 2 and Year 4 are to open in September 2017 due to organic growth.  The maximum roll is 280.

Alpha Plus Group owns and operates eighteen first-class independent schools, nurseries and sixth form colleges. The Group stands for excellence in education provision, known as the Gold Standard. By providing first-class learning, children and young people are able to achieve their full potential in a challenging yet secure and caring environment. Teaching throughout the Group combines the best of traditional and modern methods and provides access to the latest classroom technology.



For more information of St Anthony’s School for Girls please contact
Jessica Green, the school administrator,
on: 020 38693070 or


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