Place Value Boot Camp at Glenurquhart Primary!


Thanks to Kerrie Laird at Glenurquhart Primary for sharing this fantastic idea from their recent Health and Wellbeing Week. It’s great to see ways that schools are effectively linking maths with other areas of the curriculum, and promoting positive views of maths as fun and meaningful to our daily lives!

Follow these links for more information, and to find the lesson on Place Value Boot Camp:


Glenurquhart Primary Health and Wellbeing Week

Place Value Boot Camp Lesson Plan

Also have a look at the Making Maths Count Blog for more ideas on ways you can promote positive attitudes to maths.

Thanks again Kerrie! Please share your thoughts and comments – it would be great to hear different ways you are making maths fun at home or in school!

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Making Maths Count – One Year Review Report


Follow this link for the Making Maths Count One Year Review Report:

Making Maths Count – One Year Review Report

The final report of the Making Maths Count group was published in September 2016, and focused on three key aims:

  • Transforming public attitudes to maths
  • Improving confidence and fluency in maths for children, young people, parents and all those who deliver maths education to raise attainment and achievement across learning
  • Promoting the value of maths as an essential skill for every career.

This report considers the recommendations made in each of these themes and the progress made in the last year.

One the key successes so far has been the launch of Maths Week Scotland, which took place on 11th to 17th September 2017.

Have a look at the paper to see some of the highlights, which include outdoor events, collaboration with universities, businesses, parents, communities and museums,  and creative events and competitions across school settings and digital media.

Also follow this link for more information:

Maths Week Scotland

Dates have now been confirmed for Maths Week Scotland 2018 – this will take place on 10th – 16th September 2018, offering a great opportunity to promote positive attitudes to maths and create exciting new events, partnerships and initiatives!

Please put this date in your diary, and start planning how to make this event even better this year!

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Primary Enterprising Maths Challenge 2018!

The Enterprising Mathematics Challenge took place for the first time in Highland last year, and we are delighted to offer this exciting challenge for primary schools again in 2018!

The event will take place on 21st March 2018 at Dingwall Academy, in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen and University of the Highlands and Islands and will be open to Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils.

Each school can enter a team of three pupils with an accompanying teacher/adult. A team should consist of at least one boy and one girl from either Primary 6 or Primary 7, although for smaller schools consideration will be given for pupils in Primary 5 to enter too.

Whilst there will be an element of competition between schools, the emphasis of the day will be on working together, mathematical thinking, skills and enjoyment.

The day will run from approximately 9:45 till 3:00, with different problem solving and mathematical challenges throughout the day – further details will be given nearer the time, but here are some example of the challenges from last year:


Follow this link for photos of the event last year:

Highland Primary Enterprising Mathematics Challenge 2017

All participants and their schools will receive certificates of participation, with prizes for the best poster and the overall winning team will be presented with the Highland Enterprising Mathematics Challenge trophy.

As demand was very high last year, places will be limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to enter a team for this event please email by 26th January 2018.

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Sheffield Maths

Thanks to Rachael at Cradlehall Primary for sharing this great website! Follow this link to find great lesson starters, resources and links to other useful sites:

Sheffield Maths

Sheffield Maths

Thanks again Rachael for sharing!

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Holiday Maths Challenge!

The Deputy First Minister this week wrote to Primary Head Teachers and Parent Councils to advise that he is launching a Holiday Maths Challenge aimed at Primary 6 pupils and their families:

Maths Holiday Challenge – DFM Letter

This is an exciting opportunity to develop parental engagement, and promote positive views of maths as something that is fun and part of everyday life. Look out for leaflets being delivered to schools to be given out in the last week of term – solutions will be posted to the Making Maths Count website from 4th January 2018 if you would like to use these as a resource during the first week back.


Looking forward to hearing comments and feedback on how the challenge goes!

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Ardnamurchan Maths Champions!


Huge congratulations to Ardnamurchan High School for winning the Scottish Mathematical Council Enterprising Mathematics in Scotland final – what a fantastic achievement!

Follow this link for more details:

It All Adds Up for Ardnamurchan Pupils

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STEM week at Newtonmore!


Thank you so much to Newtonmore Primary for inviting me to their STEM week! This was a fantastic way of promoting STEM subjects and involving the wider community. The atmosphere was buzzing, and it was wonderful to see such enthusiasm and excitement from all the children!

We had lots of fun playing Annie’s mental maths games – I just wished that I could have stayed for all the other visitors’ fantastic activities too!

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