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Ideas and Inspiration

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Intergalactic Adventure

Suitable for Second Level

Ready for another mathematical adventure? Complete your Intergalactic Passport Application Form and prepare for a journey to the Planet Turasmara.

Watch this space for more maths fun from the Scottish Mathematical Council with new challenges released each month.

Can you fit all of your cargo into your spaceship? How will you get the creatures of Turasmara safely across the river without them eating each other?

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Women in Maths

Maths Week Scotland interviewed women for whom maths is at the core of their job. Whether it is statistics, bridges or budgets these women rely on maths every single day.

Kids (and adults!) often struggle to identify why maths is useful unless they want to be a maths teacher or banker. Watch these videos together and talk about how maths is important in a huge range of jobs - whatever your interest!

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Bookbug Sessions

Suitable for Early Level

Use resources developed by The Scottish Book Trust to embed numeracy into early years activities. This resources contains ideas for activities, songs and rhymes to help plan fun sessions with a numeracy focus.

Counting songs and rhymes, finger counting and props can help reinforce number sequences, physical values of numbers and children's overall awareness of numbers.

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Escape from Lochdonia Manor

Suitable for Second and Third Level

Use your logic, numeracy skills and your wits to escape Lochdonia Manor.

Work your way through the rooms, find the codes and defeat the guard!

Created by the Scottish Mathematical Council

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Maths Ceilidh

Suitable for a range of levels

How can we use music and dance to explore mathematical concepts? We teamed up with Science Ceilidh to find out.

Get your dancing shoes on and explore symmetry and data collection through ceilidh dance. These activities can be done with a whole class, small groups or objects on a tabletop.

Lewis and Caity from Science Ceilidh show us how it is done.

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Driving is a Risky Business with Dr Laura Bonnett

Suitable for Fourth Level

Road safety is vital for everyone.Whether we drive or cycle, catch the bus or walk, we are all affected by driving – and the policies surrounding it. How do we therefore decide whether people with long-term medical conditions should be offered driving licenses?

Dr Laura Bonnett, a medical statistician at the University of Liverpool and the Royal Statistical Society’s William Guy lecturer for 2020, will seek to answer this question for people who have had epileptic seizures.

This talk was recorded during Maths Week Scotland 2020. It covers includes

  • Probability
  • Percentages
  • Estimates
  • Risk thresholds
  • Confidence intervals
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Irn Bru Data Collection

Suitable for Second Level

Created by the Royal Statistical Society, this activity get learners thinking about how information is collected and introduces some simple approaches to visualise the data that they have collected.

Using a data collection app, students will be be introduced to bar charts, dot plots and pie charts.

They can get creative and produce their own data visualisations to find out how their class really feels about Irn Bru...

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Maths Week Scotland Challenges

Suitable for a range of levels


Put your skills to the test in our Maths Week Scotland challenges. From photography to puzzles there is something for Early Years right up to S6! Entries may be closed but still have a go at some of the past challenges.

  • Deputy First Minister Daily Challenges test your logic and maths skills. They also come with video hints from the pupils of Grange Academy if you are stuck.
  • If digital games are your thing, Sumdog and Mangahigh have a range of games for all ages to access from home.
  • Maths Wi Nae Borders runs each year for classes to complete together. Get in training for the next competition with past questions.
  • Explore the world though maths eyes with the Maths Inside competitions. See past winners to get inspiration for your own adventures.
STEM Ambassadors

Suitable for all levels


STEM Ambassadors regularly visit classes to share how they use maths in their roles for Maths Week Scotland. They have increased their online offer for families and schools in response to COVID-19 including:

  • Virtual STEM Ambassador sessions
  • Online resources
  • Online CPD
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Treasure Trails and Escape Rooms

Suitable for First and Second Level


You can turn your home into an escape room with this code solving game made by Anderston Primary School for Maths Week Scotland.

If you live near Anderston or Kelvingrove Park, turn your daily walk into an adventure solving problems and finding clues with treasure trails created by Anderston Primary School. Find out how via the Anderston Primary School Website below.

Have you created your own for your local area? Share with us @MathsWeekScot on Twitter or via email info@mathsweek.scot.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult and social distancing measure observed at all times.

Funding for the trails were from the Maths Week Scotland Small Grants Fund. Content for the day developed by school staff with support from the Parent Council.

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Strategy Games

Suitable for Second, Third and Fourth Level


Use strategy games and transport network to explore maths in the classroom.

These videos and puzzles look to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. Each includes tips and advice for how to complete.

Created by University of Edinburgh.

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University of Edinburgh Maths Week at Work

Suitable for Third and Fourth Level


Join a video game programmer, actuary, transport planner and academic as they discuss how they use maths in their jobs.

Each video features a maths problem faced by them in their careers to try and solve.

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Maths in Climate Change

Suitable for S4

Climate Change is one of the biggest issues that we are currently facing, but did you know that there is actually a lot of maths behind it?

See some of the number crunching that Climate Scientists do in their fight to save our planet!

Created by University of Edinburgh

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Kjartan Poskitt's Fun Maths Videos

Suitable for First and Second Level

Kjartan Poskitt, author of the Murderous Maths books, wows with maths tricks to try yourself in class

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Intergalactic Adventure

Suitable for Second Level

Ready for another mathematical adventure? Complete your Intergalactic Passport Application Form and prepare for a journey to the Planet Turasmara.

Watch this space for more maths fun from the Scottish Mathematical Council with new challenges released each month.

Can you fit all of your cargo into your spaceship? How will you get the creatures of Turasmara safely across the river without them eating each other?

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Women in Maths

Maths Week Scotland interviewed women for whom maths is at the core of their job. Whether it is statistics, bridges or budgets these women rely on maths every single day.

Kids (and adults!) often struggle to identify why maths is useful unless they want to be a maths teacher or banker. Watch these videos together and talk about how maths is important in a huge range of jobs - whatever your interest!

One Mole
Bookbug Sessions

Suitable for Early Level

Use resources developed by The Scottish Book Trust to embed numeracy into early years activities. This resources contains ideas for activities, songs and rhymes to help plan fun sessions with a numeracy focus.

Counting songs and rhymes, finger counting and props can help reinforce number sequences, physical values of numbers and children's overall awareness of numbers.

Lochdonia Manor
Escape from Lochdonia Manor

Suitable for Second and Third Level

Use your logic, numeracy skills and your wits to escape Lochdonia Manor.

Work your way through the rooms, find the codes and defeat the guard!

Created by the Scottish Mathematical Council

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Castle Quest at Edinburgh Castle

Suitable for Second Level

How did maths build the castle? How did division help people survive a seige?

Explore Edinburgh Castle and your local area through maths eyes with our activities aimed at P5-7 pupils.

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Maths Ceilidh

Suitable for a range of levels

How can we use music and dance to explore mathematical concepts? We teamed up with Science Ceilidh to find out.

Get your dancing shoes on and explore symmetry and data collection through ceilidh dance. These activities can be done with a whole class, small groups or objects on a tabletop.

Lewis and Caity from Science Ceilidh show us how it is done.

British Science Festival 2018 Friday 6
Driving is a Risky Business with Dr Laura Bonnett

Suitable for Fourth Level

Road safety is vital for everyone.Whether we drive or cycle, catch the bus or walk, we are all affected by driving – and the policies surrounding it. How do we therefore decide whether people with long-term medical conditions should be offered driving licenses?

Dr Laura Bonnett, a medical statistician at the University of Liverpool and the Royal Statistical Society’s William Guy lecturer for 2020, will seek to answer this question for people who have had epileptic seizures.

This talk was recorded during Maths Week Scotland 2020. It covers includes

  • Probability
  • Percentages
  • Estimates
  • Risk thresholds
  • Confidence intervals
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Maths Week Scotland Challenges

Suitable for a range of levels


Put your skills to the test in our Maths Week Scotland challenges. From photography to puzzles there is something for Early Years right up to S6! Entries may be closed but still have a go at some of the past challenges.

  • Deputy First Minister Daily Challenges test your logic and maths skills. They also come with video hints from the pupils of Grange Academy if you are stuck.
  • If digital games are your thing, Sumdog and Mangahigh have a range of games for all ages to access from home.
  • Maths Wi Nae Borders runs each year for classes to complete together. Get in training for the next competition with past questions.
  • Explore the world though maths eyes with the Maths Inside competitions. See past winners to get inspiration for your own adventures.
STEM Ambassadors

Suitable for all levels


STEM Ambassadors regularly visit classes to share how they use maths in their roles for Maths Week Scotland. They have increased their online offer for families and schools in response to COVID-19 including:

  • Virtual STEM Ambassador sessions
  • Online resources
  • Online CPD
Treasure Trail kids
Treasure Trails and Escape Rooms

Suitable for First and Second Level


You can turn your home into an escape room with this code solving game made by Anderston Primary School for Maths Week Scotland.

If you live near Anderston or Kelvingrove Park, turn your daily walk into an adventure solving problems and finding clues with treasure trails created by Anderston Primary School. Find out how via the Anderston Primary School Website below.

Have you created your own for your local area? Share with us @MathsWeekScot on Twitter or via email info@mathsweek.scot.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult and social distancing measure observed at all times.

Funding for the trails were from the Maths Week Scotland Small Grants Fund. Content for the day developed by school staff with support from the Parent Council.

Image Join and Cut game
Strategy Games

Suitable for Second, Third and Fourth Level


Use strategy games and transport network to explore maths in the classroom.

These videos and puzzles look to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. Each includes tips and advice for how to complete.

Created by University of Edinburgh.

Screenshot 2020 09 28 at 00 15 37
Kjartan Poskitt's Fun Maths Videos

Suitable for First and Second Level

Kjartan Poskitt, author of the Murderous Maths books, wows with maths tricks to try yourself in class

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Rainbow Hunters

Beattock Nursery became Rainbow Hunters during Maths Week Scotland 2020 completing trails with tasks along the way!

The trails included

  • Timing how fast they could get round
  • Matching colours and shapes.
  • Digging for gold and weighing balance scales
  • Investigating shiny objects, reflections and symmetry

At the end of the week parents and families to joined a Rainbow Hunt at the local nature park with maths activities. Each family received e a Rainbow Maths Bag to use over the October holiday containing simple maths activities and resources such as coloured lollipop sticks for measuring and matching.

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Every one of our families attended the Rainbow Hunt. It was a real feel-good event and we plan to do one again in the spring term. Yes, there is gold at the end of the rainbow!!!
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Disaster Relief Day

Disaster Relief day challenged students from Kilchrenan Primary, Achaleven Primary and Barcaldine Primary to work against the clock on a series of activities themed around an international disaster relief rescue mission.

Although presented as a fictional scenario a sense of urgency and drama was created with authentic posters, presentation of activities and timed events.

Pupils used numeracy, reasoning, creative and social skills to solve problems including Designing a Rescue Vehicle, Moving Supplies, Recording a TV Appeal and Loading Planes.

Funding for transport for the schools and materials were from the Maths Week Scotland Small Grants Fund. Content for the day developed by school staff.

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The children were able to achieve a challenge using ‘their’ maths. They had fun doing it. They saw it fit into the world in new ways, real ways. What was wonderful was to see maths achievement on the faces of the children, that came from the knowledge that they had ‘done it’ with maths!
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Enigma machine


Secondary schools in Angus all got to experience a real enigma machine with a visit from the Bletchley Park Team. They got hands on with cracking codes, and inspired by stories of the role of mathematicians in the Second World War.

Mr Peter Todd organised the week of workshops and talks with all secondary schools in the area, with funding from the Scottish Government and the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.

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The impact from the visit has been huge. Every time Thomas went to a school there was a queue of teachers waiting to see the Enigma machine. How often do students get to see teachers genuinely enthused and interested about something in the school? I think the event had a massive impact on student interest in Mathematics and in particular codebreaking.
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Maths in...


Maths Week Scotland had a different theme each day in these schools, with Maths in Art and Maths in ICT kicking off the week!

It wasn’t just for the pupils though. Parents got messy baking treats midweek, using maths to measure and weight their way to Rocky Road success. The week ended with Maths Outside and cross-year group challenges using natural materials and shapes in nature.

Pupils really enjoyed finding maths everywhere and great fun exploring maths.

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