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Maths Week Scotland Challenges

Give these Maths Week Scotland challenges a go! There is something for all ages and abilities

  • Deputy First Ministers Challenge
  • Maths Wi Nae Borders
  • Maths Inside
  • Sumdog
  • Mangahigh

Deputy First Minister's Maths Challenges

Every day during Maths Week Scotland a new puzzle is set by the Deputy First Minister. See if you can work together to solve them!

Deputy First Minister's Maths Challenges 2019

Find all the challenges on the BBC Learning website following the button below!

Deputy First Minister's Maths Challenges 2018

Day 1: Stepping Up

This challenge is all about patterns. Which steps up to the museum will Ross, Elena and Tom all step on?


Day 2: Dotty Rectangles

This challenge is about area. How many dots will there be inside the rectangle?


Day 3: New Outfit

This challenge is all about money. How much will Asif’s new outfit cost him?


Day 4: Feeding the Horses

This challenge is about proportion. Can Beth feed her horses for the rest of winter?


Day 5: Stepped Pyramids

This challenge is about building shapes. How many cubes are in the pyramid?


Day 6: Coinage System

This challenge is all about coins. Can these coins make any value up to 99 cents in exact change?


Day 7: Poor Time Keeping

This challenge is about time. When did Daniel start his old watches?


Check your answers (no cheating!):

Day 1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07ds01z

Day 2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07ds1n4

Day 3: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07ds8rm

Day 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07ds9ym

Day 5: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07dsm18

Day 6: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07f043f

Day 7: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07f05hr

Maths Inside

Maths Inside is a photo competition to find the maths in the world around you. This years themes were in my town, in the wild and complete the pattern.

You can see the winning entries on Maths Inside website and @mathsinside on Twitter.

The competition is now closed but you can share any maths images you snap with #MathsInside and MathsWeekScot - we would love to see what you find!


After over 78,000 pupils took part in 2018, Sumdog are back hosting their free annual contest to celebrate Maths Week Scotland.

With 20 million maths questions answered, the contest is a great way to motivate children, encourage learning and help build their confidence!
Teachers can sign up their class online and play Sumdog in class or set it as homework, it all counts towards the contest.

This year thousands of pupils competed against other classes across the country to be in with the chance of winning great prizes including an exclusive visit to Sumdog HQ.


Mangahigh.com (maths platform) hosted a free online competition open to all schools in Scotland. Students aged 6 to 16 can play activities aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence, win points for their school and compete on the Scottish leaderboard for school/individual prizes, trophies and certificates.

With free online training and support with set up it is a great opportunity to get your students fired up for Maths Week Scotland

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.

Classroom Resources

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


Latest News

Women in Maths

To celebrate women in Maths Day (12 May) we interviewed six women with maths at the core of their role and will be releasing the videos throughout May.

Our next two videos are women who work with large numbers which affect all of our lives. Kate Forbes is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance for Scotland and Esther Roughsedge is a Statistician at National Records of Scotland.

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