A fast-paced workshop contextualising sequencing and making connections between maths and other subjects! 

Workshop Description

A fast-paced workshop contextualising sequencing and making connections between maths and other subjects

At the heart of maths, of course, lies the ability to identify, analyse and predict patterns. so, inspired by the work of Alan Turing and his fellow mathematicians at Bletchley Park during World War II, The Bunker is based in cryptology – the writing and reading of codes. Appealing to all age and ability ranges, The Bunker has a simple premise. Working in teams, and at their own pace, students need to identify as closely as possible the location of an Enemy Radio Transmitter by cracking a series of increasingly fiendish numeric, geometric and semiotic ciphers. The more codes they crack, the more precisely they’ll be able to pin the Transmitter down.

The Bunker has been so successful over the years that we've now developed the most challenging version so far (for those who wish to take it!). Calling on participants to manipulate numbers, geometrics and abstract symbols, it's ideal for high-ability mathematicians - and provides a perfect way of demonstrating just how far maths can take you!

Exploring (according to year group and time): number relationships, empirical thinking, properties of 2D shapes, sequences and patterns, Rebus codes, Caesar Shifts, Key words and semiotics. 

""The students were constantly challenged and the puzzles drew from a wide range of mathematical areas. Thanks for the hard work, I’ll be sure to use As Creatives again in the future!” Archbishop Beck Sports College

“Our students really enjoyed “The Bunker”. They had an opportunity to approach mathematical and logic problems in a different way, and worked independently on the puzzles set. Students were very positive about their experience!”The Studio School

KS2/ KS3/ KS4 /P4-P7/ S1 - S5
Up-to 5 x 1-hr workshops
60 pupils per workshop
Classroom based


What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan the perfect day of activity to suit your requirements. We can be completely flexible to fit around your school timetable or a plan an off-timetable day. You might opt to have this workshop repeated several times for different groups, or to have a selection of complimentary workshops for the same group - or a mix of the two. 

Are there any technical requirements?

Your visitor will need access to a laptop/ screen/projector in each working space, so that students can view the supporting PowerPoint.



How many students can take part?

This workshop can accommodate up-to 60 students at a time, in sessions lasting as little an one hour, meaning it is usually possible to have up-to 300 students take part over the course of one day.

Is this workshop available as part of a Big Maths Day?

Yes, The Bunker is perfect for Big Maths Days, which can accommodate a whole year group in a whole day of exciting and engaging maths activity! https://www.ascreatives.com/workshop/big-maths-day/

What space is required for this workshop?

Students will usually take part in pairs or groups of three, and can do so seated at tables or on the floor. Where up-to 30 students are taking part, a classroom is fine but larger groups may need to work in the hall or a large, double classroom.

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