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Ideas and Inspiration

Competitions, events for parents, puzzle rooms, workshops, speakers, classroom activities, outdoor games and trips are just some of the ways your school can take part in Maths Week Scotland.

Out and about

Across Scotland there are plenty of opportunities for your school to get out and about with maths.

National Museums Scotland

Find out about the different types of renewable energy sources used in Scotland in Renewable Energy: Power House, a hands-on STEM session for P5–7 pupils. Follow up in class with the maths focused teachers resource.

Sessions run during Maths Week Scotland and throughout the academic year


Castle Quest at Edinburgh Castle

How did maths build the castle? How did the radius of a circle help people survive a seige?

Explore Edinburgh Castle through maths in this cross-curricular trail and accompanying teachers notes.

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Produced by National Museums Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and The Regimental Museums in Edinburgh Castle

Dundee Science Festival

Dundee Science Festival 2019 is kicking off on 5th October. Now in its 10th year, Dundee Science Festival will be looking at the interesting underlying maths involved in some great inventions.

Aberdeen Science Centre

Can you crack the code? Decode a message? Or identify patterns and symmetries? Head to Aberdeen Science Centre to explore the wonders of maths and its relevance to the world around us. Enjoy a range of fun and interactive activities suitable for young mathematicians to adult code breakers.

Glasgow Science Centre

Discover numeracy and electronics with the Sony Electronics workshop suitable for P6 - S3. Contact the learning team to find out more

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

How many plants? What is the percentage cover of grass? How tall is the tree? How much shade is there?

Help our Horticulturalists find the answers. Collect your own data, record observations and solve mathematical problems with practical hands-on activities in the stimulating environment of the RBGE. Sessions are suitable for P1 - P7 and will run 30 September - 4 October. Call 0131 248 2937 (option 2) to book

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Count Me In

2nd Oct - 5.30pm-8.30pm


Heriot-Watt University (James Watt Centre 2), Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Being an actuary means being asked to predict the future every day. This free event will show you how your maths expertise can be turned into a rewarding career where we can promise no two days will ever be the same.

Join us and hear our brightest minds explain how they became an actuary, what their career path has looked like and the toughest puzzles they’ve had to solve. For more information visit https://www.actuaries.org.uk/learn-develop/attend-event/career-event-count-me-edinburgh

Hosted by Institute and Faculty of Actuaries


In school

If you prefer your home comforts, there are plenty of ways to bring Maths Week Scotland into your school.


Check out resources created by and for teachers on GLOW!

If are have problems accessing your Glow account please visit their help section.

Maths Ceilidh

How can we use music and dance to explore mathematical concepts? We teamed up with Science Ceilidh to create a selection of resources to use in school. You do not need to be a maths or ceilidh expert! Each resource comes with music and easy to follow instructions.

Maths Week Scotland Challenges

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!

STEM Ambassadors

Give your class a unique insight into how maths is used in a huge range of careers with a visit from a STEM Amassador during Maths Week Scotland

University of Edinburgh Strategy Games

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

These resources will be aimed at P5-S3 pupils and look to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. They will include videos, puzzles catering different abilities, and teacher tips and advice.

Find the them here from mid-September

Royal Institution

Soap bubbles, paper folding, computers and bridges are all inspiration for these Primary School activity ideas from the Royal Institution. Explore maths in the classroom, around the school or out and about with your class.

Just for teachers

Looking for some CPD during Maths Week Scotland? We've got you covered.

Mathematical Association Annual Conference CPD Day

On the 5 October join speakers, teachers and enthusiasts to find more ways of engaging pupils with maths in the classroom!

Find out more here

Celebrate the Beauty of Maths - Teachers Reception

Kick start Maths Week on 30 September with a celebratory evening where we will share our passion and love for mathematics, and give a glimpse of the fun and creative side of the subject discipline.

Details here

Here is what just a few schools got up to in 2018. If you have something to share, let us know!

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.”

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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Beautiful Maths

Schools across Scotland explored and created beautiful maths, like this sierpinski pyramid by Woodfarm High School

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Small Grants Fund

Apply for funds to run activities in your school, transport your pupils to a Maths Day Out or anything else you need to help make your Maths Week Scotland a success.

Small Grants Fund
Classroom Resources

Find and share things to do with your class for Maths Week Scotland and all year round on GLOW.


Latest News


School Week Round Up

It's the end of the school week for Maths Week Scotland and what a week it's been! We've loved seeing such a range of activity in schools on Twitter from careers to ceilidhs, thanks to everyone who's shared their Maths Week Scotland with us. So what has everyone learnt at school this week?

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