Education Scotland – Webinars and Recorded Training

If you haven’t seen them already, Education Scotland are running a series of events to support the professional learning documents that they released earlier in the year.

Webinars are being run in both English and Gaelic.  See below for dates and times:

Title: Data and Analysis (English)
Date: 08.12.20
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Click here to register

Title: Number and Number Processes (Gaelic)
Date: 10.12.20
Time: 16:30 – 17:30
Click here to register

Future sessions in English will be:

Title: Time

Date: 02.02.21
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Date registration opens: 05.01.21 and you will be able to register here.

Title: Ideas of Chance and Uncertainty

Date: 02.03.20
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Date registration opens: 03.02.21 and you will be able to register here.

If you missed the sessions on:

Number & Number Processes
Fractions, Decimal Fractions & Percentages

the recordings are available here (you will need to be logged into Glow).
The fractions recordings are not up yet but will be soon.

Future sessions in Gaelic will be on the following themes.  When registration opens for them (I believe this is about three weeks to one month before) then you will find the relevant event here if you search for the appropriate date.

Title: Fractions, Decimal Fractions & Percentages
Date: 27.01.21

Title: Data & Analysis, Ideas of Chance & Uncertainty
Date: 08.03.21

Title: Time
Date: 24.03.21

Don’t forget that over 20 hours of our own CPD is freely available right here on the Highland Numeracy Blog.

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Northern Alliance Online Primary Maths Conference

The Northern Alliance Online Primary Maths Conference will take place on:

Saturday 28th November from 9:00 – 13:15

with the event being hosted on Microsoft Teams in Glow.

It’s set to be a great event with four sessions being delivered by a variety of practitioners from across Scotland.

For more details and to book your place click here: (you need to be logged into Glow).  The conference is open to all practitioners who work within the Northern Alliance.


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Northern Alliance Online National 5 Mathematics Conference – this weekend!

Just a reminder that the Northern Alliance National 5 Mathematics Conference is being hosted online this Saturday (14th November).

There’s a great line up of presenters including Andy Thompson, Lee Gray, Chris McGrane and Jo Morgan.

The session will run from 09:00 – 13:15.

If you haven’t signed up already you might be able to grab a last minute place through the Northern Alliance Sharepoint site:

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SMC Virtual Conference 2021 – Call for presenters!

Please see below for a message from the Scottish Maths Council with details of next year’s virtual SMC conference as well as a call for presenters.

SMC Virtual Conference Saturday 6th March 2021

We hope you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times.  As you may be aware, the Scottish Mathematical Council has made the difficult decision not to hold our usual conference at Stirling University in Spring 2021 and will instead offer an online/virtual conference.

Whilst we are sad to have been forced to break from tradition, a virtual conference does offer new and exciting possibilities and we plan to offer three different types of session:

  • live presentation
  • pre-recorded presentation
  • professional discussion on a theme of common interest

We would be delighted if you were able to lead a session of your preferred format.

Should you be willing to do so, please register your interest no later than Monday 9th November 2020 by following the link and completing the form:

Thank you,

The SMC Virtual Conference Planning Team

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ATM Maths Snack Videos

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics have produced a series of short video clips. (Very short – they are less than 3 minutes long!) They are a fantastic mixture of easy to use games, tasks and activities and there is something for everyone. They were designed by the experts to use in lockdown and you could use them anywhere including as fun homework activities.

Here’s the link to access them: Maths Snack Videos

Here’s an example of one of their videos but there are plenty of others covering a range of different ideas:

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There have been some Monday Magic Maths Moments across Highland. Remember to tweet your pictures to @HNumeracy. Let’s celebrate together.

April from the Science Skills Academy has a message for everyone about the outdoor maths kits.

The Science Skills Academy hope that the Outdoor Maths kit they sent you will be useful this week and beyond. If you have not received your Outdoor Maths Kit yet, please email

The SSA are asking every school to fill in our feedback survey at least once please. If multiple class teachers have used the kit, please ask them to each fill in the survey.

Please fill in this feedback survey:

Your feedback now will impact what they do next. Should they make a STEM kit next? Offer more online CPD, or downloadable activities? Please let them know what you think.

For reference, resources for the Outdoor Maths Kit from the Science Skills Academy:

Watch the online CPD –

Download the 17 Outdoor Maths Activities –

More Maths Week Scotland Resources here:

Book your class in for a live event here –

Download resources here –

Activities: (filter by age)

Best regards,


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It’s here – the celebration of the positive contribution maths makes to all of our lives. If you haven’t downloaded it already, and are looking for some last minute ideas, click on this link to be taken to the Maths Week Scotland webpage and click for the activity pack suitable for your level. Remember to send us your pictures of all the fun.

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Maths Week Scotland Online Training

6 More Sleeps until Maths Week Scotland!

All sessions can be accessed through the digital hub.

Monday, 28th September 4.15pm

Games and Activities for Math Week Scotland – And Beyond!

Join us for the sharing of a small selection of games and activities designed to support Maths learning. The presentation is suitable for all levels of the Primary School.

Wednesday, 30th September 4.15pm

Listening, Talking and Numeracy?!

For this special session, we will be joined by a Literacy Development Officer. We will explore the role Listening and Talking has in the maths classroom and ideas as to how to support children to explain their mathematical thinking.

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Inset Day Digital Drop In

Tuesday, 15th September 2.30 – 3.30pm

On the Tuesday inset day, join us for an informal maths and numeracy chat session. If you have any questions or queries we’ll do our best to answer them.

Click here for the link to join, or enter via the Highland Digital School Hub.

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Outdoor Maths Kit – Maths Week Scotland Boxes


The Science Skills Academy have teamed up with Maths Week Scotland to send an ‘Outdoor Maths Kit’ to every Primary School in the Highlands.

The kit is targeted at Second-level and contains 17 outdoor activities for boosting numeracy. To help launch the kits, the Science Skills Academy are offering three CPD webinars on the inset days. Timings of the sessions are detailed below and the Tuesday is a repeat of Monday. The sessions will also be recorded and made available on the digital hub.

Please sign up on the CPD website.

**Please note – these sessions are only available to Highland Council Staff**

10:00-10:30 Outdoor Maths for Second-level

This webinar will provide a quick overview.

11:00-12:00 Numeracy games and problem solving (Second-level)

This webinar focuses on physical tasks that get pupils outside estimating, measuring, calculating and solving problems.

  1. Group games – Fast-paced games to get whole class running around and thinking on their feet.
  2. How far can we fly? – Investigated angles  using paper planes and scale models.
  3. Get your bearings – Plot a course using bearings. Measure and follow angles accurately. Draw and use a map to scale.
  4. Car Park Conundrum – Measure car park spaces and carry out calculations for total area and a proposed extension. Produce scale drawings.
  5. Explore The Perimeter – Challenge pupils to draw shapes with a specified perimeter using chalk. Accurate calculation and measuring required.
  6. Highest Heights – Estimating the height of trees and other objects that are too tall to measure.
  7. Tree-mendously Old – Measuring the girth of trees and calculating the age of trees.
  8. Maths Trail – A toolkit and example ‘bases’ to help you create a maths trail at your school

13:30-14:30  Using outside space for Data Handling, Graphs and practical maths (Second-level)

  1. Glorious Graphs – A variety of ideas for data that pupils can collect outside and then produce a graph. Looking at the graph what can we conclude?
  2. Is Faster Better? – Pupils survey cars in the car park. Research speed 0-60 and mpg then graph and compare this data.
  3. Make A Bolt For It – Pupils gather data about their stride and height then use stopwatches to test their pace. Use a scatter graph and evaluate whether there is a correlation.
  4. Pace & Distance – Pupils measure a ‘race distance’ then apply percentages to increase and decrease the race area. Stopwatches used to record pupil’s pace over each distance. Does pace increase by the same percentage as the distance did?
  5. Hopscotch Madness – Playing Hopscotch to gather data and use the stopwatch to record the time taken.
  6. Scavenger Hunt – Collect objects found outside then prepare pie charts and bar charts with the data.
  7. Shop ‘til you Drop – Pupils form two teams, shopkeepers and customers. Shopkeepers track their profit and loss. Customers calculate the balance on their debit card. Add flash sales and price increases to increase the complexity.
  8. Place value charts – Using chalk and natural objects to practice place value.

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