Maths in TV & Film

A fun way to encourage a love of maths is by introducing children to maths through television shows and movies. Below we have rounded up some suggestions for different age groups. We have included the aged rating assigned to each movie, where available. The selected shows and movies should all be easily available to stream or rent online.

Early Years

  • Numberblocks (U) - recommended for age 2+ | available on BBC iPlayer
  • Word Party Presents: Math! - recommended for age 2+ | available on Netflix
  • Sesame Street - recommended for age 2+ | available on YouTube
  • Team Umizoomi - recommended for age 3+ | available on Paramount+
  • Peg + Cat - recommended for age 3+ | available on YouTube
  • Monster Math Squad - recommended for age 4+ | available on YouTube
  • Numberjacks - recommended for age 4 to 6 | available on Amazon Prime

Primary

  • The Odd Squad (U) - recommended for age 5 to 8 | available on BBC iPlayer
  • Donald in Mathemagic Land (no rating available) - animated movie available on YouTube | ca. 27 min
  • Flatland: The Movie (no rating available) - animated movie available on rent via Vimeo | 35 mins
  • Eustice Solves a Problem (no rating available) - short film available to watch for free on Vimeo | ca. 12 min
  • Ice Princess (U) - 1 hr 38 min
  • Matilda (PG) - 1 hr 38 min
  • Back to the Future (PG) - recommended for 10+ | 1 hr 51 min
  • Queen of Katwe (PG) - recommended for 10+ | 2 hr 4 min
  • October Sky (PG) - recommended for 10+ | 1 hr 48 min
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (PG) - recommended for 10+ | 1 hr 53 min

Secondary

  • Hidden Figures (PG) - recommended for 12+ | 2 hr 7 min
  • Stand & Deliver (PG) - recommended for 12+ | 1 hr 43 min
  • Mean Girls (12) - 1 hr 37 min
  • A Beautiful Mind (12) - 2 hr 15 min
  • Jerry & Marge Go Large (12) - 1 hr 36 min
  • Sneakers (12) - 2 hr 5 min
  • X + Y (12A) - also released under "A Brilliant Young Mind" | 1 hr 51 min
  • The Imitation Game (12A) - 1 hr 53 min
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity (12A) - 1 hr 48 min
  • Moneyball (12A) - 2 hr 6 min
  • 21 (12A) - 2 hr 3 min
  • Proof (12A) - 1 hr 39 min
  • The Martian (12A) - 2 hr 21 min
  • Gifted (12A) - 1 hr 41 min
  • Good Will Hunting (15) - 2 hr 7 min | Note: Contains a lot of strong language and swearing, best suited for Senior Phase.

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