Ten Key Features of SAMSON

SAMSON ... massively improves children’s mental skills.

+ Addition − Subtraction × Multiply ÷ Division

SAMSON … uses five cognitive science techniques for mastery.
  • Overlearning
  • Deliberate Practice
  • Self-testing
  • Distributive Learning
  • Interleaving

Seven Samson Number Wagons make their way through each stage, each year, destination ‘Mastery’. All aboard: Mastery is our final stop!

SAMSON ... uses creative innovative resources which all come together in a powerful way.

These Samson maths resources can run alongside any core school programme of work for maths. Finally teachers have a fun to teach and easy to deliver planned out resource at their fingertips.

Mental Flipcharts (MF)
for each class P1-P7: each flipchart has 10 questions on flashcards for teaching from or testing.

Mental Flipcharts (Word Problems)
The Mental Flipcharts also contain five word problems set in a circus context.

Mental Strip Sheets (SS)
go along with each flipchart: each strip sheet has the same ten questions that are on the flipchart.

Timed Challenge Sheets (TCS)
are used separately, but alongside mental flipcharts and strip sheets to:
a) Help children learn table facts and number bonds.
b) Provide deliberate practice in specific areas of maths.

SAMSON ... uses mental maths in a real life context.

There are five word problems on every flipchart set in a circus context. Here are the circus characters that will bring the numbers to life:

The Ringmaster

Stephanie (Steph), the Takeaway Tightrope Walker

The Hired Hands Ten and Twenty

Tiny Tim


SAMSON … closes that elusive gap between the less able pupils and the higher achievers.

SAMSON gets it right for every child (GIRFEC): all are given the same opportunity and can succeed - not just a chosen few.

Not only will able children be better but weaker children will also significantly improve: it will make all children cleverer. It means the ‘value added’ in attainment figures will rise significantly.

SAMSON ... goes against the crowd and follows a one way system.

One way, the best way, the most efficient way to master each addition, subtraction, multiplication and division mental strategy.

SAMSON ... offers a structured approach to mental maths.
  • A whole school approach from P1-P7: a structured, systematic programme for mental maths which builds gradually from year to year
  • Planning sheets (Number Wagons) are provided for each stage and each strategy as well as a methodology advice booklet which explains how to deliver Samson.

A daily session takes only 20 minutes. It is easy for any teacher to deliver.

SAMSON ... has been proven to significantly raise attainment.

SAMSON has been used in a large primary school in Dumfries and Galloway (390 pupils) which has a significant area of deprivation within its catchment and a wide range of pupils. Despite this, the attainment figures for mental maths have risen markedly from 82 to over 120 for all P7 pupils.

  SAMSON Average UK Average
2012 82 100
2013 95 100
2014 111 100
2015 124.9 100
2016 121.7 100
2017 124.4 100
SAMSON ... has been produced through working on the frontline.

In classrooms, with children and alongside teachers from P4-P7. The material was first trialled in P7 and then working alongside teachers and pupils in P4, 5 and 6.

SAMSON ... gets the balance right between procedural fluency and number sense.
  • Children can apply the mental strategies and skills to all areas of maths. 
  • They develop number sense and become good decision makers.
  •  Samson helps confidence and encourages flexibility and creativity with numbers.



I am getting faster at the Timed Challenge Sheets, addition, subtraction, multiplication and divide. They are easier now thanks to the Big Guy, step 1 step 2 and best friends 10 and 20.

Flipcharts have helped my mental agility; they are getting me to understand and I'm getting better and faster scores. I am quite confident at dividing and multiplying and I use Big Guy number bond.

I quite enjoy maths. I feel that the mental strip sheets have helped my speed and the mental agility has helped my techniques.

They have been a massive help because when I first came into P7, I was getting 15/20 in 4 minutes 30 seconds and I am now getting 20/20 in 2 minutes 6 seconds.

SAMSON children are streets ahead.