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‘Liverpool Counts’

Numeracy for Life Quality Mark





The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark is part of a varied programme of strategies targeted at improving maths results for the city’s children.


The specific remit of the Quality Mark is to tackle the negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics which are prevalent in many areas of our society.


We aim to challenge these widely held views and promote a culture where people readily understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, financial, health and employment aspects of their lives.


We also aim to support teachers and other adults in our schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their numeracy and mathematics lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.




The National Numeracy Challenge in Liverpool


Liverpool city region is the largest area of the country so far to sign up to a drive to improve numeracy among adults.


Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge, said:


"Being numerate means being able to use numbers and think mathematically, which is essential for so many aspects of everyday life and work. To anyone tempted to say 'I can’t do maths', we say 'Yes, you can'. We are delighted that Liverpool are launching the National Numeracy Challenge city wide and we can’t wait to see individuals, employers and other organisations getting involved."


Liverpool Counts fully supports this initiative and encourages all adults, especially teachers, assistants, parents, governors and ancillary staff in those schools involved in the Quality Mark, to join in by starting the online challenge.

Challenging negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics


“We strongly believe that the key to improving outcomes – educational, social and work related - for our young people is to focus on and challenge poor and negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics in schools, at home, in local communities and in the media.” 

National Numeracy


“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health”.  
Andreas Schleicher – Education Director OECD


“We firmly believe that if we tackle the ‘can’t do maths’ culture in our schools and communities with a challenging, consistent and persistent approach, we will improve the educational and employment outcomes for the young people of Liverpool “.
Judith Lang and Dave Carden - Liverpool Counts



Making a difference from day one: Top Tips


  • Be aware of what you say about maths, especially around children.
  • Challenge ANYONE that you hear making negative comments about maths.
  • Any time you hear celebrities in the media saying that they ‘can’t do maths’, or making negative comments about maths, discuss it with pupils.
  • Share your own enjoyment of maths and highlight when you have used it in everyday life.
  • Dispel the myth that there is a maths gene and that only a few people can be good at maths.
  • Encourage parents to be positive- share ‘top tips’ with them including praising effort with maths not just achievement!


Mathematics Mastery


The 5 part lesson

What do we mean by mastery?

The essential idea behind mastery is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that: • future mathematical learning is built on solid
foundations which do not need to be re-taught; • there is no need for separate catch-up programmes due to some children falling behind; • children who, under other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind, are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed whilst the attainment of all is raised. There are generally four ways in which the term mastery is being used in the current debate about
raising standards in mathematics:

1. A mastery approach: a set of principles and beliefs. This includes a belief that all pupils  are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. Pupils are neither ‘born with the maths gene’ nor ‘just no good at maths’. With good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a ‘can do’ attitude all children can achieve in and enjoy

2. A mastery curriculum: one set of mathematical concepts and big ideas for all. All pupils need access to these concepts and ideas and to the rich connections between them. There is no such thing as ‘special needs mathematics’ or ‘gifted and talented mathematics’. Mathematics is mathematics and the key ideas and building blocks are important for

3. Teaching for mastery: a set of pedagogic practices that keep the class working together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through
speedy teacher intervention. More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning. Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.

4. Achieving mastery of particular topics and areas of mathematics. Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures and answer test questions accurately and quickly. It involves knowing ‘why’ as well as knowing ‘that’ and knowing ‘how’. It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.




On July 7th 2017, we will be participating in the Liverpool Maths Party 2017. The purpose of the party day is to celebrate all facets of Maths and its relevance to our lives. With this in mind Liverpool Learning Partnership have developed virtual party bags for you to use at home.

Follow the website to download your party bag:

Check our photos from the day at the bottom of this page.


Magical Maths


After-school Programme

Magical Maths is an afterschool maths programme exclusively for primary aged children. Your child will witness mind blowing after-school sessions that will leave them ‘wowed’ and amazed. Magical Maths sessions are quite the spectacle; we’ve got a genius professor, world class detectives, mind reading magicians and eccentric athletes, all dedicated to making maths fun for your child.


Every year we help tens of thousands of children (just like yours) to LOVE their maths!


So what will your child be doing?

Magical Maths provides mega-fun maths learning sessions with a different theme each week. Here is an example of the themes your child will see at their first Magical Maths session:

  • Week 1: Maths Genius Training
  • Week 2: Maths Detective Training
  • Week 3: Mathemagician Training
  • Week 4: Mathletes Training
  • Week 5: Puzzles & Games Training
  • Week 6: Vote for your favourite to return!

Each week has a single, one hour session and covers a variety of educational topics in a fun and exciting way. The clubs feature our crack team of teaching superstars that will visit YOUR child's primary school from week to week, including a maths detective, a maths genius, the mathletes, and a mathemagician. Each week there are three different activities that your child will take part in. These activities are based around mega fun games, puzzles and tricks.


Explore learning 2017

This year we have the privilege of working closely with Explore learning. Explore learning will be working with all year groups to promote Mathematics across the curriculum. If you are interested in what else they can provide for your child then please see the link below.

Have a look below at some of the exciting work that children have been completing with Explore learning. Also check out some of the blogs from the different days.


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Our Year 6 children have been working closely with the Tycoon in Schools Charity. The children have succesfully been donated £280. The children will be working over the next couple of weeks on enterprsie events and be running stalls closert to December. Keep a look out on here for dates!


National Young Mathematician's Awards 2017

Four of our Year 6 children had the fantastic opportunity of representing the school at the National Yound Mathematician's Awards 2017. The children had to work as part of a team to solve three very challenging problems. The children we a credit to the school and performed exceptionally well on the day.Unfortunately, for the team, they were unsuccesful in reaching the regional finals. Check out the picture below of the children at Explore learning.

We are proud to announce that we will be taking part in the NSPCC Numbers Day on Friday 2nd February 2018. This will be a fantastic opportunity to raise some money for a worthy cause, whilst tackling Maths in a fun and enjoyable way. Have a look at how you can get involved at home.

Check out some of the class blogs for indivdual classes.

Below are some pictures from the day.

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A big congratulations to our Year 6 children who raised £175 from their enterprise events. Upper 7 raised £200 from their Christmas card sales, making a profit of £120 and Upper 8 made £145, with a profit of £75. The money that we have raised will now be invested again towards other enterprise events in the Summer term.


Maths ambassadors

Our Maths ambassadors have been working really hard to set up our games club. The games club has now been running half a term and has gone from strength to strength. Check out some of the pictures below.

We are vey proud to be working closely with the Debt Advice Foundation. Our Year 5 children will be working with the foundation during the Spring and Summer term to learn about money management.

We are proud to inform you that on Saturday 3rd February, 5 of our talented Year 6 pupils have been invited to attend a Maths 'More able' session at St Andrew the Apostle Primary School. This will take place from 9:00- 12:00. We look forward to hearing about some of the exciting tasks they get invovled in.


Jaguar Lanrover Robotics Visit