Maths Week Scotland 2023 - What's On for Schools?

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For Maths Week Scotland (25 September - 1 October 2023), we have a mix of online and in-person events and workshops for schools to book, as well as a variety of challenges and competitions running at various points in and around the week itself.

Challenges & Competitions

Please note: A few of our competitions kick off before 25 September!

  • 1 September – 16 October: Maths Inside photography competition, open to anyone in Scotland (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE)
  • 1 September – 6 October: Get to the Point Data Visualisation competition for primary and secondary schools (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE)
  • 18 September to 23 October: Maths Wi Nae Borders mini-competition for any class to complete together (aimed at secondary schools but younger entrants welcome)
  • 19 September to 21 September: Scotland Rocks times tables competition for schools
  • 22 September to 28 September: Sumdog online maths contest for schools
  • 25 September to 1 October: Maths Week Scotland Daily Challenge, with the Scottish Mathematical Council and BBC Bitesize (THESE WILL REMAIN ONLINE AFTER MATHS WEEK)
  • 26 to 29 September: Mathematics World Cup - play between the 26th and 29th of September to be featured on the Maths Week Scotland Leaderboard

Maths Week Events

You can find all of our events listed in our online events calendar, but to help you with your planning we have pulled together an overview of daily highlights. We will be updating this, as new events come in, so please keep checking. Please note that many of our free events still require pre-booking, so please don't delay if you are interested in any of these.

Monday 25 September

Online

  • 10am - 11am: Code breaking - Your country needs you | for age 10 - 14
  • All day: Maths Through Ceilidh online workshop | for P5 – P7 (register by Fri 22 Sept)

In-person

  • 9:30am - 5pm: Crack the Code at the Great Tapestry of Scotland | for P1 - P7

Tuesday 26 September

Online

  • 9:45am - 10:15am: DYW Live - World of Work: STEM Ambassador | for S1 - S3 (this talk will be recorded)
  • 10:45am - 11:15pm: DYW Live - World of Work: Stream Marine Careers | for S1 - S3 (this talk will be recorded)
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm: DYW Live - World of Work: First Bus | for S1 - S3 (this talk will be recorded)
  • 13:45pm - 14:14pm: DYW Live - World of Work: Energy Sector Consultant | for S1 - S3 (this talk will be recorded)
  • All day: Maths Through Ceilidh online workshop | for P5 – P7 (register by Fri 22 Sept)

In-person

  • 9:30am - 5pm: Crack the Code at the Great Tapestry of Scotland | for P1 - P7

Wednesday 27 September

Online

  • All day: Maths Through Ceilidh online workshop | for P5 – P7 (register by Fri 22 Sept)

In-person

  • 9:30am - 5pm: Crack the Code at the Great Tapestry of Scotland | for P1 - P7
  • 5pm – 6pm: Jobs of the Unknown – the Future of Statistics and Data Science Careers, at Appleton Tower (Edinburgh) | for Secondary School S5 & S6 pupils and University Undergraduates
  • 5:15pm- 7:45pm: Celebrate Mathematics with the University of Edinburgh | for teachers

Thursday 28 September

Online

  • All day: Maths Through Ceilidh online workshop | for P5 – P7 (register by Fri 22 Sept)

In-person

  • 9:30am - 5pm: Crack the Code at the Great Tapestry of Scotland | for P1 - P7

Friday 29 September

Online

  • All day: Maths Through Ceilidh online workshop | for P5 – P7 (register by Fri 22 Sept)

In-person

  • 9:30am - 5pm: Crack the Code at the Great Tapestry of Scotland | for P1 - P7

Saturday 30 September

In-person

  • 9:45am – 12pm: Maths in Action workshop for educators and parents at Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness

Rescheduled Events

Tuesday 3 October

Online

  • 9:30am – 10:15am: Multiple Heartbeats Workshop | for age 4 - 11 (rescheduled from 26 Sept)
  • 10am - 10:30am: Litter Detectives | for P2 - P6

Wednesday 4 October

Online

  • 10am - 11am: Hats and turtles - Playing with the mathematics of tiles | for age 10 - 14 (rescheduled from 27 Sept)

Tuesday 24 October

Online

  • 11am - 12pm: Talking Maths with Forensic Science | for S1 - S4 (rescheduled from 28 Sept)

Thursday 16 November

  • 9:15am – 10am: Virgin Money Primary School Workshop | for age 9 - 11
  • 11am – 12pm: Virgin Money Secondary School Workshop | for age 13 - 16
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Virgin Money Secondary Maths Inspired Careers Panel | for age 14 - 18

New Resources for 2023

You will find a host of resources to access or download in our Learning Resources section, which has had a revamp and is now fully searchable by Level AND Topic! Some of the new resources for 2023 include:

  • Activity Packs with ideas for who to celebrate Maths Week Scotland at school (all levels)
  • Free Twinkl resources on World of Work as well as this year's Maths In Motion theme (all levels)
  • Maths in Motion with National Galleries Scotland (all levels)
  • JoJo Gnome and the Shape Map activity (early level)
  • Numbertots Active Maths Video Adventure (early level)
  • Dance Like a Robot resource from NumBots (early to second level)
  • Numberfit Active Times Table Challenge (first and second level)
  • New Numberella: Kidnapped by the Metlz interactive adventure (first to third level)
  • Maths In Motion video series from the Scottish Mathematical Council (second level)

All these are available in the Learning Resources section of our website, plus many more resources from previous years.

What's On All Year Round?

The following online and in-person events, workshops and activities are being offered throughout the year, as well as during Maths Week Scotland itself, and can be booked at various times to suit your school group.

Online Events

In-Person Events

Online Resources

Latest News and Events

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Maths at Work Compilation Packs

We have pulled together all the 'Maths at Work' related activities from our past Activity Packs, to make it easier for you to access this content which can be reused year after year. The compilation packs align with the levels of the Scottish curriculum.

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Facing the Future: Edinburgh Science Festival 2024

It's Spring in Edinburgh means, which means the return of the Edinburgh Science Festival (30 March - 14 April)! This years theme is Shaping the Future, and we've browsed through the programme to pick out some of our maths highlights for you.

29th Sep
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Science Sunday at the National Museum of Flight

National Museum of Flight | | Free with museum admission
Celebrate Maths Tales with our Science Sunday at the National Museum of Flight