SAMSON Number Wagons

These set off from P1 and make their way through each stage following a distributed learning approach. This example shows how Samson can be distributed throughout P4 or P5.


All of SAMSON comes together in a powerful way

Children are systematically taught mental strategies as well as number bonds and tables facts through the Mental Flipcharts (MF) / Strip Sheets (SS) and Timed Challenge Sheets (TCS).

Mental Strip Sheets (SS) go along with each flipchart: each strip sheet has the same ten questions that are on the flipchart. In addition, there are also 5 word problem questions (11-15).

The Word Problems on the Mental Flipcharts (MF) then show how these concepts and procedures can be applied in a real life circus context.

The mental strategies are linked to Deliberate Practice Timed Challenge Sheets (TCS) in key areas of maths such as area.

Samson offers a developmental approach by breaking down mental maths into component parts: specific mental skills are taught and practised at each stage through the school. Children develop secure mental maths knowledge and skills which will help them solve real life mathematical problems.

They are taught and trained to think and to be good 'decision makers'. They have to make decisions, choose when to use a strategy and when to decide which procedure best fits a particular situation. They have to manipulate numbers quickly in their head and chose the relevant and best strategy for a particular question. Calculations are worked out very quickly which enables them to focus on understanding the question.

They take all knowledge and skills learned through Samson and apply these in independent work such as textbook tasks or real life problems.



Hope Scotland take SAMSON on and then start on the English market as education is so far behind Scotland.

I just wanted to say how fantastic I think SAMSON is... I am a parent and know very little about it but have a son in P7 at Troqueer
Primary who has never “got” numbers and “hated maths”...! I found this difficult as i was taught arithmetic well and use “mental maths”
every day at 40.... Since he has started SAMSON he has made huge progress with all aspects of mental maths - it’s quite unbelievable. I
only wish he had benefitted from it sooner! He’s even enjoying numbers and their challenges now which is great. I’m looking forward to
learning a bit more about the strategies and how parents can support the work at home soon. I think it’s a brilliant addition to kids
education and just wanted to thank you very much! All the best, with kind regards. - Happy Parent.

The maths challenges and flipcharts have helped with my speed and accuracy.

Early signs are that pupils really enjoy using the program, they like the characters and the successes they gain from the consistent practise and seeing their results improve.

 Brilliant initiative.