Case Study: Herbert Thompson Primary School, Cardiff

About the School

Herbert Thompson Primary School is a large school in Wales, serving the Ely area of Cardiff with 466 pupils on roll. Around 51% of children are eligible for free school meals and the school have identified about 45% of pupils as having additional learning needs.

The Challenge

Anna Whitehead, a Senior Teacher at Herbert Thompson said the school is in one of the more deprived areas of Cardiff. Many pupils enter the school’s nursery with levels of skill well below those expected for their age and “develop their numeracy skills robustly as they move through the school.”

Favourite Features of Big Maths

Anna said, “the way Big Maths is organised made such sense. I was constantly faced with children in Year 6 with counting and place value gaps and this programme was just what we needed.

“It is incredibly obvious what should be covered in each term, in each year group and Big Maths is all matched to the curriculum which is very reassuring as a Maths leader.”

What Do the Children Think?

“The children are eager to improve and look forward to their weekly challenges. Parental engagement improved with mums, dads, big brothers and sisters coming in and asking us about Big Maths. I even ran workshops for parents on the Big Maths methods so they could support their children. Some of the parents’ own maths skills improved!”

Has Big Maths Saved Teachers’ Time?

“All our staff have been thrilled with how easy it is to print resources and challenges. I like the way all parts of the Big Maths website are linked together, so you can easily see the teaching resources available for each step.”

The Impact

In their most recent inspection, Estyn considered Herbert Thompson Primary School as excellent in all areas. During the inspection, Anna asked one of the inspectors what he thought of Big Maths. He said, “If all children in Wales had this standard of numeracy skills, we wouldn’t have a problem.”

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