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
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.
Explore the story of our universe with a self-guided maths themed trail for you and your class.
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
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!
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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!
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
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.
Here is what just a few schools got up to in 2018. If you have something to share, let us know!
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.
“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 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.
Schools across Scotland explored and created beautiful maths, like this sierpinski pyramid by Woodfarm High School
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.
Upcoming Events27th Aug-2nd Sep
Putting the M in STEM with STEM Ambassadors
4.00-7.00pm Various (Ayr, Glasgow, Edinburgh Aberdeen)
Discover how you can share your experiences and stories of maths in your work with school pupils through STEM Ambassadors. Join one of our training sessions to find out how you can support schools by showing pupils how maths is used in your job.
No experience necessary, these sessions will give you the knowledge, ideas and confidence to inspire the next generation!