All of our maths workshops for primary schools in Scotland have been carefully designed to put into context and actively promote the keystones of the Curriculum for Excellence – as well, of course, as supporting the push to Make Maths Count.
Tapping into pupils’ own creativity, our unashamedly fun workshops engage, motivate and, crucially, challenge the children and young people we work with, providing them with meaningful experiences and outcomes. You can view workshops for Secondary Schools in Scotland here.
Our Primary workshops have been specifically developed to support the Curriculum for Excellence in the following ways:
- To support the development a secure understanding of the concepts, principles and processes of mathematics and apply these in different contexts.
- To support the development of essential numeracy skills, allowing full participation in society.
- To provide opportunities for pupils to interpret numerical information appropriately and use it to draw conclusions.
- To provide opportunities for pupils to apply skills and understanding creatively and logically to solve problems, within a variety of contexts.
The Pirate’s Challenge (P1 - P7)
Having piratical fun with numbers and shapes for up to 60 students at a time
When Captain Richard Morgan arrives at school, he’ll be more than a little confused - because just a few hours beforehand he’ll have been on his pirate vessel, The Good Ship Mathematics, in the middle of the Caribbean! Swept to your school by a Time Tornado, he’ll need the pupils’ help to get back to his own time and place. Are they up to the Challenge? And it’s a Challenge that will test their understanding of number, shape and direction to the max.
Exploring: both additive and multiplicative reasoning, fractions, number patterns, mental and written calculation, elimination, 2D and 3D shapes, measurement, interpreting data, positional language, co-ordinates.
Whole-School Maths: The Riddle of the Sphinx (New for 2019!)
Problem-solving in the pyramids - accommodating up to 420 pupils in a day!
Our resident archaeologist, Dr Colorado Smith, has returned from Egypt with some exciting news - he's now collected all the clues required to solve the age old Riddle of the Sphinx - and open the Inner Sanctum in the Valley of the Kings. But as he can't do it by himself, he's on the lookout for schools to help him!
Featuring opening and closing assemblies, workshops and in-class challenges, The Riddle of the Sphinx takes pupils through three stages of mathematical thinking: concrete, pictorial and abstract. And while there's a definite focus on "measurement", the programme covers a whole range of other areas - and can accommodate the whole of a two-form entry school in a single day!
Exploring: measurement, additive and multiplicative reasoning, patterns and sequences, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, money, time, Roman numerals, percentages, problem-solving - selected for each age group in line with the Curriculum for Excellence objectives.
"The children LOVED the workshops! Everyone, from the 5 year olds to the 11 year olds, thoroughly enjoyed the visit and they were engaged from start to finish. The most important thing was they had fun with Maths! We arranged the visit during Maths Week Scotland and this definitely was one of the highlights of the week!" Class Teacher, St Margaret's Primary, Johnstone
A series of challenging mysteries to engage your students and get them thinking logically
CSI: Michaela Maths (P4 – P7)
If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of one of her teammates, Michaela Maths, one of Britain’s most promising young athletes, would be dead – slain by an unseen hand! The police are baffled by the dastardly deed – and want the children’s help in solving it. Having been introduced to the crime, the suspects and their possible motives, pupils will work in teams on a carousel probing a range of mathematical skills. Taken together, these lead to the suspects being eliminated, one by one – until, if all the calculations are correct, the criminal is unmasked.
CSI: Tunes - Maths and the Murky World of Music (P4 – P7)
This new addition to the CSI: range can be delivered in as little as 40 minutes, allowing up to eight classes to enjoy the experience in a single day!
Music industry mogul Harry Wilson has made more than a few enemies in his time - and now one of them has succeeded in making life difficult for him! So who was it who hacked into Harvey's precious database, deleting all his business contacts in one fell swoop? Means, motive and opportunity will all have to be factored in as pupils investigate this calculated act of sabotage. Was it Viola de Clerc, the classical violinist? DJ Grime, the garage specialist - or popster Betty B? Boy band Heaven Sent are in the mix as well, as is New Punk exponent Polly Ester - not forgetting Country and Western star Jake Carew!
This exciting and fast-paced workshop invites pupils to pit their wits against the criminal by using their data handling and number skills to reveal his - or her - identity.
CSI: Storyland (P1 – P3)
With the help of the elves, the Shoemaker’s fortunes have been restored – and all is well in Storyland. Until, that is, his precious last is stolen! Which of his neighbours could have taken it? After using storytelling techniques to introduce pupils to the crime and the suspects, we'll share with them a range of clues left at the scene. They'll then use their sorting and numeracy skills to reveal the identity of the miscreant! Was it Goldilocks, the Billy Goats Gruff, Little Miss Muffet, the Little Pigs or Red Riding Hood? It’s up to you to find out!
CSI: Bake-Off (P4 – P7)
All is not well in the world of the Bake Off – one of the judges, Saul Pinewood, has had food poisoning – and he knows it wasn’t an accident! He’s narrowed the field down to six suspects – and hopes that pupils can use their understanding of fractions, percentages and measurements to help him take the final step.
CSI: Ancient Greek Maths (P4 – P7)
Mount Olympus is in turmoil – because someone has stolen Zeus’s thunderbolt! We're on the trail of the culprit – but need your help to put all the pieces together as you collate and interpret the data. Mixing maths with mythology, this is definitely one of our more challenging workshops!
CSI: Saxon Maths (P4 - P7)
Alfred the Great has burnt the cakes … or has he? Test your understanding of number, shape and time as you help right the wrongs of history – and work out who framed him!
CSI: Olympics (P6 – P7)
This exciting new addition to our CSI: Maths range has been designed to support you in capitalising on the interest in the Rio Olympics and engage your pupils in some undercover maths. The team of Olympians from the tiny country of Berellia is in turmoil. They're all cyclists, you see - and someone has sabotaged each and every one of their bikes! So children will have to delve deep into the murky underworld of the velodrome as they survey the crime scene, examine the evidence and sift through the suspects - all in a bid to crack The Case of the Criminal Cyclists!
Exploring (according to age and programme): sorting, sequencing, elimination, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, number patterns, fractions, percentages, 2D and 3D shapes, plans and elevations, measurement and units of measurement, collecting and interpreting data, positional language, time, problem-solving.
"The children loved the workshops and had a great time. It was one of the highlights of our school maths week. They were so enthusiastic and determined to find out who would be the best candidate." Maths Teacher, Kildrum Primary, Glasgow
The Race into Space (P1 - P7)
Creative maths for up to 420 pupils in a single day!
The search is on for Britain’s next astronaut – and Major Tom wants your pupils help in selecting the best person for the job. He’s found six well-suited candidates, all with different qualifications – but it’s up to you to decide which one will win The Race into Space!
After meeting the Major at an opening assembly, and being introduced to the would-be astronauts, each class will be issued with a Mission: to use their maths skills to rank the candidates on one of a number of qualities. Each Mission calls on pupils to demonstrate mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem-solving abilities – and is in line with the Curriculum for Excellence objectives for their year group. The Major will be on hand to visit each classroom with some vital, additional information – and the programme ends with a second assembly in which each class reports back its findings and helps whittle the field down to just one: Britain’s next astronaut.
This exciting and engaging workshop provides an ideal platform for one or two-form entry schools to enjoy a shared maths experience – and learn something about the science of space travel too!
Suitable for: P1 – P7 (one or two-form entry schools)
Exploring: a range of skills in data handling and/or numerical operations and/or understanding shape – selected for each year group in line with the Curriculum for Excellence objectives.
The Captain’s Conundrum - (perfect for larger primary schools - P1 - P7)
A pirate-themed whole school maths challenge
Captain Richard Morgan, of the Good Ship Mathematics, has a conundrum … he knows that there’s a treasure to be found on Cloud Island, he has a map – and he has a set of clues. But they’re clues he can make neither head nor tail of. He’ll meet all the children at an assembly (or, if space doesn’t allow, two consecutive gatherings) and challenge them to conquer his conundrum.
During the course of the day, the Captain will give each year group an age-appropriate set of clues to unearth a particular piece of treasure – and warm them up with one of his piratical maths drama games. Then everyone reconvenes in a meeting (or two meetings) at the end of the day to share their findings - and advise the Captain on what to buy for his expedition. Content is in line with the Curriculum for Excellence requirements and will include different age-appropriate activities for each year group.
Exploring (according to age): both additive and multiplicative reasoning, fractions, number patterns, mental and written calculation, elimination, 2D and 3D shapes, measurement, interpreting data, positional language, co-ordinates.
“The students gained from working through a thematic approach to apply their skills and knowledge in mathematics as a team. The quality of delivery was fantastic. Jackson performed at such a high level and made sure to engage all children.” Principal Teacher, Minishant Primary School, South Ayrshire
Murderous Maths (P2 - P7)
Interactive problem solving for up to 180 pupils (with follow-up workshops for up to 90)
It's exactly 100 years to the day since the grisly demise of Puffing Billy – and this unique workshop allows up to 180 children from P2 - P7 attempt to crack the case at the same time. After everyone’s been introduced to the crime scene, the victim and the suspects (and been armed with Evidence Booklets), children will take part in a series of age-differentiated challenges - revolving around such clues as omnibus tickets, diaries and timepieces. As pupils practise their maths skills, the suspects will be whittled down one by one – until only the criminal remains.
But there’s still more to do – because there's yet another Maths Mystery to be unravelled. A job that will be undertaken in up to three follow-up workshops, each for up to 30 pupils.
Exploring (according to age): measurements, number investigations, additive and multiplicative reasoning, time, positional language, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, problem-solving, angles, trajectories.
Outdoor Maths (P1 - P7)
Using the outdoors to bring home the relevance of numeracy to children's everyday lives
Outdoor spaces provide wonderful opportunities to explore how numbers and shapes create both the built and natural worlds. So our engaging (and very active!) outdoor maths workshops, which feature a range of tried and tested al fresco activities, bring home the relevance of numeracy to our everyday lives – and provide lots of scope for problem-solving too!
We have developed age-appropriate activities for all year groups from P1 to P7 including our specially designed portable Outdoor Maths Trail - allowing us to offer open air workshops over a whole range of timescales.
Exploring: maths-in-context, maths language, number investigations, additive and multiplicative reasoning, number sequences and patterns, shape investigations, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, positional language, measurements, data collection, presentation and interpretation.
Mathematical fun for all the family!We all know how much family support benefits children's learning. So our Family Maths workshops have been specifically developed to gain and cement that support by offering a fun and friendly environment in which parents/carers work alongside their children on activities that both explore the value of maths and unpick fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. And, by tackling our Household Maths Trail, they'll discover just how easy it is to use any part of the home as a stimulus for quick and impromptu maths challenges a fantastic way of Making Maths Count!.
Family Maths workshops are available in a range of formats - but if you book one at the end of a day of workshops with pupils, we'll be happy to offer you a healthy discount!
Maths Twilight (add-on workshops for staff)
To fully capitalise on the new approaches you'll have seen in action, why not end your day with a Creative Maths Twilight for staff? Our CPD programmes are highly experiential and outcomes-driven, so you'll have a chance to unpick what you've witnessed, try out some more new methodologies and take part in active, collaborative planning. And, by booking this at the end of a day of our workshops with pupils, you'll get it all for a fraction of the usual price!