Primary School Resources

(N.B. Some of our activities are also suitable for Early Years children. We have started to collate a selection on this page. Please check back over the coming week as we continue to build this section.)

We intend to continue to populate this page over the coming weeks with some great maths activities, but we do not want to do so alone. Please use the volunteering form to send us any great ideas you have used with children, including any photos for which you have parental permission.

Last updated: 10:20pm, 10th November, 2020

Numberfit!

Numberfit might well be mathematics’ answer to Joe Wicks! To celebrate Maths Week England, they are running three competitions. For example, in Numberleague your children can enter a free competition against other schools. Here is Numberfit’s website.

Numbertots is similar and aimed at Early Years, while if your children like to create raps then Numberraps may be perfect for them. Finally, for children who like their times tables as active as possible, they could try some Numbercircuits!

Science Museum Cipher Wheels

Codes are a fascinating area of maths, and this KS2 resource from the Science Museum is ideal as a Maths Week activity.

Teach Active

It’s great to get children learning maths in an active way, and this selection of lessons from Teach Active will do just that. One lesson plan for each day of Maths Week is available for teachers from foundation stage to Year 6. There is a treasure hunt to find clues, which are maths problems that need to be solved and a ‘Shark Attack’ lesson, where pupils can only save themselves from a shark by jumping on an ‘island’ displaying a prime number. Check them all out here.

Where maths meets…the world of work!

The AMSP is launching the first in a series of activities, which will link the upper Key Stage 2 maths curriculum to careers. Students will watch this 5-minute video of Brooklyn, a data analyst at Just Eat, explaining how she uses maths in her job. They will then have the opportunity to have a go at her job! You will have the chance to think about data, rounding, coordinates, and graphs! There are also resources provided for anyone having to teach remotely at the moment., including the presentation and worksheet and an online, mainly auto-marked activity, which would work very well as a family home activity that parents could complete with their children, or that children could complete on their own.

We would love to see students’ work so please share on Instagram and Twitter with #MathsWeekEngland and #MWE20.

Maths on Toast

This family maths charity, wants everyone to feel positive about maths and have created this wonderful page with primary ideas, particularly but not exclusively for EYFS. They can be done at home or at school, so please do share them with parents.

 For fun, hands-on activities, resources and videos to explore and enjoy, plus tips and advice on how to encourage and support a confident, resilient and can-do attitude to maths, head over to their website now.

Cambridgeshire LA Maths Team resources

The LA team in Cambridgeshire has been working hard to produce some lovely resources, especially for Maths Week England. You can find them all here.

Doug presents: MATHEMATICS IS A SURPRISE!

These 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. Schools are limited to three links to ZOOM.
Monday 12 November / Tuesday 13 November / Wednesday 14 November

Timings: 9:30am and repeated at 11:00am each day. To book a slot for your class, simply fill in the form here.

These sessions are free and open to everyone who has registered for Maths Week England, subject to space.

Lifesavers Financial Literacy

Lifesavers is a charity that encourages financial literacy for children, something that is vital if we are to move towards a fairer society. They are celebrating Maths Week England with a range of puzzles, and even a chance to win an Amazon Voucher! Check them out here.

Sumaze – now free for all!

These are incredibly addictive apps (I should know having spent a LOT of time on them!) The real genius is the differentiation built in – a primary child can get into this, yet an adult mathematician would soon find a good level of challenge! Suitable for all ages as explained here.

Yohaku Puzzles: Y1-Y3

These proved very popular last year and Michael the author has very kindly made us some new ones for 2020. If you’re new to Yohaku, these will ease you in gently!

Yohaku Puzzles: Y4-Y6

Again, some more challenging puzzles for 2020.

NEW: Walking Mazes

An engaging and simple resource to chalk onto a playground, or alternatively do on big sheets of paper in the hall. Suitable for all primary-aged children. Download the mazes here.

New for 2020: Brand New Buchanan’s Brainbusters!

As per last year, puzzlemaster Douglas Buchanan has kindly allowed some of his puzzles to be used by schools during Maths Week. This collection is brand new for 2020. Check them out and download a copy of the pdf here. Depending on your computer’s settings, it may download directly into your downloads folder. For a copy of 2019’s puzzles, click here.

Get Calculating!

These fully resourced Get Calculating lessons from MEI are designed to focus on key aspects of the maths curriculum for Year 6 pupils, whilst also providing an opportunity for them to become familiar with using a calculator. The first lesson is already available and the next will be released during Maths Week England!

Terrific Tesselations

If you are feeling creative, and are in Years 1-3, you might enjoy this video!

How tall is your school building?

Here’s how to find out using a single piece of paper! This fun maths video will help children measure the height of any building using just A4 – and some isosceles triangles!

ATM Maths Snacks

This fabulous range of short videos are suitable for both primary and secondary and for children at all levels of attainment. 100% Free, though there is a link to make a donation to ATM if you wish, which will help them continue to provide excellent resources.

Roadshow Puzzles

The NRICH Roadshow resources are some of our favourite hands-on activities for developing problem-solving skills. As well as being useful in lessons, you may also find them helpful for maths clubs, open evenings and other events you may be running during Maths Week England. The resources each have a printable A4 sheet (A3 is even better) and require some equipment (mostly counters, dice or multi-link). Thanks to the generosity of NRich, we are delighted to share these fantastic roadshow problems with you. They work best printed out and laminated, ready to put out around a hall. We can personally vouch for their awesomeness!

NRICH Posters

Another great idea from NRICH – If you’re looking to raise the profile of Mathematics in your school during Maths Week England then these posters of some of their favourite primary activities could be a simple way to do so. All of the posters are based on rich tasks and have supporting teachers’ resources.

Yohaku Puzzles

These original puzzles sound like they are from Japan but were actually invented in England by Michael Jacobs, He has kindly created some free puzzles especially for Maths Week. Download the puzzles for Years 1 to 3 here and for Years 4 to 6 here.

MyMaths and Numicon

Oxford University Press have provided some free sample worksheets around symmetry and multiplication tables. Download them here. Note that the file size is quite large so they come as a single zip file.

Maths Week 2019’s Primary Quiz Questions

These were very popular, so we have decided to leave them on the site for this year. Download the files from this page to take part – all ages from Reception to Year 6 have their own set of questions.

BBC Teach

Do check out BBCTeach, who have a page of primary and secondary links here. They are also promoting Maths Week in their newsletter, so watch out for that!