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.



We are really enjoying using SAMSON. I’m already seeing a very positive impact in my own class and have had lots of positive feedback from parents.

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

Maths is one of my favourite subjects. I have got better at maths by doing timed sheets and strip sheets. I now have a faster time and am getting more accurate and much more confident.

SAMSON children are streets ahead.

I think when we do the maths timed sheets in the morning it helps us get faster and learn our sums quicker. It helps me learn when we do Big Guy number bond and step 1 step 2.