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Learning by numbers

St John Fisher Primary School, Knowsley Village is celebrating after they achieved the Gold LCQM (Liverpool Counts Quality Mark) accreditation.

The school accessed the award via School Improvement Liverpool and member of their team come in to assess their provision and plans at the end but the initiative is fully led by staff at our school.

Headteacher, Michelle Forrest said: “We have many events that helped us to achieve Gold LCQM including maths champions, we have eight maths champions in KS2 who lead across the curriculum in school.

“They are responsible for assessing what maths we have on display on a weekly basis and reminding staff if they haven’t updated their ‘How I’ve used Maths this Week’ signs on classroom and office doors!

“Our maths champions have also received training from our deputy head for leading maths games and challenges and they run after school ‘Fun Maths’ clubs for KS1 and KS2 children.

“We recently held a ‘Real Life Maths Day’ in school where we invited a number of parents and other members of our community in to talk about how they used maths in their job and how maths helped them to progress in their careers.  

“We had a doctor, firefighter, nurse, air cabin crew, a jockey (Franny Norton), radio presenter (Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside), vet, debt advisor, chef and business manager. All of these visitors led sessions with the children and answered questions from them.  

“We also wrote letters to a number of famous people to ask them how they used maths in their jobs and so far have received replies from Jurgen Klopp, Theresa May and Andrew Schofield.

“A similar question on our twitter account also prompted replies from the authors Anthony Horowitz and Francesca Simon.

“There has definitely been an impact in school both in raising the profile in maths and also in children seeing the importance of it in ‘Real Life’. The LCQM has helped us as a school to make maths part of our entire curriculum in a way that we haven’t done before.

“Going forward, we will be expanding the role of our maths champions and teaching some of our maths objectives through different subjects for example, when children learn about Roman numerals as a maths objective, we will teach it during their history topic of the Romans.

“This makes it more memorable and shows children the link between maths and our world”.

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