Secondary and Post-16 Resources

Mathematics of Waves and Materials

Thinking about A-level maths? Did you ever wonder what mathematicians go on to study? On this site here are some short videos showing some fascinating applications of maths, as well as 60-second videos in which Ph.D. students discuss their work. Fascinating for any students who might be thinking about studying maths at university.

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

These proved very popular last year and Michael the author has very kindly made us some new ones for 2020. These are tricky, mind: if you want to start with the Primary ones you can!

New: Multiplying 2-digit numbers in your head!

If both numbers start with the same digit, you will be amazed to learn this trick to make you look like a genius! In fact, many maths teachers don’t know this one! Watch the short explanation video here.

Magic and Maths!

As per last year, MEI and AMSP have been magnificent in their support for Maths Week. This year they are repeating the very successful Desmos Art Competition, launching a range of videos to coincide with Maths Week 2020, and more. Check them out here.

NEW! Algebraic Yohaku Puzzle

A brand new puzzle exclusively created for 2020, this fiendish puzzle will challenge even the sharpest GCSE or A-Level mathematicians! Y9 and above.

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.

MEI Ritangle Competition 2020

We are pleased to be sponsored by MEI whose 2020 Ritangle competition is taking place this term. It’s ideal for your A-level or IB students, and no knowledge beyond A-level mathematics is required. Daily questions are released on Twitter and on the competition webpage, correct answers unlock clues to the finale in early December.

Where’s The Maths in That?

These Where’s the maths in that? resources developed by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme are ideal for demonstrating to students that mathematics can be found all around them. Using photographs and pictures will stimulate creativity, discussion and debate – showing students that they can talk about mathematics and that mathematics is not always about right and wrong answers and written methods. Perfect for assemblies, tutor time or starters, they are very easy to use, simply display a photograph and ask “Where is the maths in that?”

NRICH Secondary Roadshow

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 secondary activities could be a simple way to do so. All of the posters are based on rich tasks and have supporting teachers’ resources.