At Smithdown Primary School we know that a high quality Mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, gives children the ability to reason mathematically and promotes enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We plan lessons that allow the development of fluency, as well as providing opportunities for reasoning and problem solving. Alongside this, children are challenged to use conjecture and test hypotheses. All our children have the opportunity to develop this deep understanding through “Deep Dive Challenges”. We utilise both independent and collaborative learning.

Practical and visual resources are used to help children develop a strong foundation of concrete experience, which then allows them to think in the abstract. As a staff we ensure that all children have access to their age related learning and that the whole curriculum is used to develop and promote Mathematical skill. We strongly believe in developing our children to become Mathematicians for life.

National Curriculum for Mathematics


Liverpool Counts Quality Mark 


Smithdown Primary School is working towards the Liverpool Counts Numeracy for Life Quality Mark and we want everyone in our school community to be involved.

The quality mark has been developed by Liverpool Learning Partnership, and School Improvement Liverpool, to promote positive attitudes to mathematics and numeracy as an essential life skill.

‘The aim of the Quality mark is to tackle the negative attitudes in society towards numeracy and mathematics. We want to promote a culture where people understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, health and employment aspects of their lives. We also aim to support adults in schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.’

Liverpool Learning Partnership & School Improvement Liverpool 2016

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge has stressed the importance of challenging anyone who says, ‘I can’t do maths’ with ‘Yes, you can’. Liverpool is launching the challenge city wide and everyone can get involved.

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Top tips for parents and families:

Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school.” Your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths use in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths – such as using money, cooking and planning travel.

Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.


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