Being Mathematical

For teachers: On Thursday 12th November, there will be a special edition of the ATM’s mathematical Twitter conversation, using the hashtag #BeingMathematical. The idea is a simple one – a mathematical investigation is posed earlier in the day, and then between 8pm and 9pm everyone shares their thoughts and questions. The problems are always low-threshold, so accessible to all.

Having taken part in a few, I can attest to the fact that they are inclusive (I have NEVER seen a comment disrespected) and interesting, as we all get to see how others tackle problems. To join in, simply sign in to Twitter (it’s fast and free if you haven’t already) and search for the hashtag #BeingMathematical.

Bubble Geometry

4-5pm, Tuesday 10th November: The wonderful folk at the Science Museum have a number of things planned for Maths Week England 2020. Among the most exciting is this workshop aimed at primary teachers, in which they will explore some fascinating geometrical ideas using bubbles that you could then share with your pupils. It is first-come, first-served so don’t miss out!

Origami Workshop

Mathematics through Paper Folding webinar: Wednesday 11th November 4:30pm
This webinar from Fran Watson and Alison Kiddle is for anyone who would be interested in learning how to make some mathematically intriguing modular origami models.  It will be of particular interest to maths teachers who are looking for some ideas about using paper folding in their classrooms and how to use origami as a tool to enhance their teaching of mathematics.
The only previous origami experience you will need to join this webinar is being able to fold a square in half accurately corner to corner, edge to edge.

Sign up here to join in, whether you enjoy maths, origami or both!


The 45-minute live presentations, via ZOOM, are interactive with several puzzles to solve and also surprising outcomes to tasks, which are presented to the young mathematicians. There will also be material for teachers to follow-up in future lessons. The sessions are aimed for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and they are free. Schools are limited to three links to ZOOM.
Monday 12 November / Tuesday 13 November / Wednesday 14 November

Timings: 9:00am and 11:00am each day

These sessions are free to everyone who has signed up for Maths Week England; you will have received the link via email; in the interest of fairness, please do not share it with anyone who has not registered.

U3A Maths Week Talks: Don’t Retire From Maths, Count Yourself In.

The University of the Third Age is running three sessions during Maths Week.

The week aims to be enjoyable, stimulating and inspiring and is aimed at people of all abilities, including those who may have considered themselves retired from any maths! The sessions are about having a go, and as always with maths there are lots of different ways to approach the different puzzles, which is often just as interesting as the answer. There is an online talk with Q&A, by Rob Eastaway, writer of Maths on the Back of an Envelope on Monday 9th, a Puzzles Workshop on Wednesday 11th, and a Maths Games session on Friday 13th. Check out this page on U3A’s website for details.

Mathematical Art: Friday 13th November, 10am

Clarissa Grandi is the undisputed Queen of Mathematical Art, and she has very kindly agreed to run an exclusive maths art class for Maths Week England. Details to follow – but suitable for Years 5 to 9 (or anyone else who cares to give it a go!) All attendees will need a sharp pencil, a ruler, and a pair of compasses.

(NB: Anyone who brings a compass instead of a pair of compasses will NOT be able to access the class, but WILL at least have a very clear idea of which direction is North).

For a sense of how good a teacher Clarissa is, check out this first attempt at drawing, from someone who attended one of Clarissa’s webinars and who hadn’t drawn anything for over 40 years because their art teacher had dismissed them as useless: