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Maths Week London - 27th June to 1st July 2022

We are delighted to once again be supporting Maths Week London; now  in its fourth year. We are very much looking forward to seeing what pupils and teachers get up to between 27th June and 1st July 2022. 


Maths Week London Virtual Teachmeet

However, in order to help you plan for the week consider joining Sarah Slattery (Teaching and Learning Consultant for Primary Maths,  Islington) online via Zoom for the #MathsWeekLDN virtual TeachMeet. This is taking place on Thursday 23rd June 2022 at 15:45-17:00. LGfL will have a member of the team joining the TeachMeet and will be happy to answer questions via the chat function too. Register to attend here.

The TeachMeet is an opportunity to share your ideas & insights to support improving children's confidence in maths or to just listen to other people's ideas. The choice is yours.

Maths Week London Aims

The mission of Maths Week London is to ignite a love of maths in children across the capital. Numeracy is a vital skill and we believe it can and should be enjoyable, relatable and accessible.

Working with schools and families, Maths Week London aims to:

  • improve children’s confidence in mathematics and encourage a positive attitude 
  • demonstrate to children the value of maths as a lifelong skill by linking it to the wider world around them
  • encourage all children to develop their maths skills and become confident mathematicians

Visit the website to:

  • download a range of free resources
  • register to attend free events
  • take part in one of the Maths Week London contests and competitions

Join in the celebration and register to take part! Click on this link.

LGfL Resources

Maths in the Real World

MITRW does exactly what its title suggests; it puts maths in to real world problems and contexts. The detailed differentiation and detailed lesson plans and resources ensure there is something for all ability levels. Some of the real world topics covered in the resource include: Nutrition, Arena and Events and Round the World.

Maths doesn’t get more real than an HM Coastguard Search & Rescue mission. Featuring exclusive footage of real‐life rescues at sea, lifeboat and helicopter searches, and rescue coordination at the National Maritime Operations Centre, pupils can see mathematical problem‐solving in action – real life, with real consequences. Topics covered include Bearings, Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Algebra, Vectors and Speed, Distance and Time.

Watch the trailer below to learn more:

There is a cross-topic KS2 project lesson section which includes: lesson plan, worksheets, links to videos and scenario forms ready to use with your class.

Space Adventures

This is a unique and engaging cross curricular resource based around an original story commissioned by LGfL by the award-winning author Cath Howe. It features dramatic content and a virtual reality experience linked to the narrative. The aim is to draw the learner into the turn of events that threaten the ability of our intrepid astronaut Tazz to return safely back to Earth.
Will her on board computer be enough to get her back safely or will she need to draw on her maths and science knowledge and understanding?

The resource features a comprehensive set of resources for maths, literacy and science and a computing unit created my Max Wainwright, author of the popular Espresso coding resource for primary schools. The resource is LGfL’s most accessible yet with text transcripts, audio books, flashcards, subtitled videos and original music specifically composed for the resource. Virtual Reality is used to enhance the experience further for learners. It allows them to undertake the mining mission on the moon complete with realistic sound effects and gameplay placing the learners inside the space helmet of Tazz with the challenge of completing the mission within a time frame.  For Maths Week London you may want to focus in on the maths resources and activities, but we would advise setting the scene from here first.

Busy Things

Busy Things (a premium resource supplied with an LGfL Let's Get Digital subscription) have set up a Maths Week London tab in their Special Events area to make finding suitable maths activities even easier for you! They have a range of quizzes and games to develop maths confidence and enjoyment. They also produced a series of "Busy at Home" activities that could be shared with parents and carers during Maths Week London. You can find them here.

In EYFS, "Numbers in Nature", the pupils could be encouraged to visit the "Expressive Arts and Design" tab and represent a number from 1-10 using different representations. In KS1 and KS2, they could then look at the heights of different London Landmarks or "Super Tall Structures".

J2e ToolSuite

Just2easy (another premium resource supplied with an LGfL Let's Get Digital subscription) have a range of maths tools that can be used in class and shared with those at home.  Why not get your students to use TtBlast Live found in j2blast? They can compete against each other and see which pupil manages to win the most often. 


Also, for Year 1 and Year 5 pupils they could start preparing for transition to the next year group by trying out SATsBlast for KS1 and KS2. These are based on the mental arithmetic style questions they will have to answer as part of their maths SATs. (Found in the J2Blast tool as shown below):


In J2Vote, they could conduct a school survey and then present the data in  chart in J2Data or use J2Database to look at the examples (e.g the populations of countries around the world and a dinosaur database). You can also set up collaborative databases, where they collect data from classmates and then interpret and represent this data.

The new Just2easy Library contains hundreds of brilliant resources. You can browse through pages of worksheets, interactive activities, and more. The area will be continually updated by Just2easy staff, and teachers in the Just2easy community and is suitable for children across the primary age range.


Choose to search by keyword, age and/or subject. Recommended and popular resources are shown first, making it easy to find the right resource for you and your children (n.b most resources are also suitable for printing).

You can choose to share a resource with children or colleagues or set it as a j2homework activity. Children will only see library resources that a teacher has shared with them, ensuring that they only have access to age-appropriate content. Easily make your own library resources, which can be shared or set as homework.

Maths at Home for Busy Parents

Remember, we also have Maths at Home which has a video for each national curriculum descriptor for Key Stage 1 and 2; where appropriate, video content is reinforced with a selection of downloadable resources too.            

Other Free Resources:

Remember the Maths Week London website itself has resources. This includes guides supplied by the LEO Academy Trust - find them listed under EYFS & KS1 Resources and KS2 Resources on the MWL site and see screenshit below. (The MWL LEO guide 2021 can be downloaded here). 

At the LEO Academy Trust this year, every activity is going to be inspired by mathematical art! Each Year Group is going to complete their own mathematical piece of artwork. Lots of shapes, counting and patterns are coming your way!


Smash Maths is an online Primary maths programme where students revisit and practise every area of the maths curriculum every week. The programme is created by leading national experts Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon. Their philosophy is to systematically revisit all content areas of the curriculum every week, so that learning retention is improved significantly over time. This they believe is particularly pertinent after the national lockdowns to support children in consolidating their maths learning and catch up.

The programme uses a variety of questions that use logic and reasoning and guarantees high quality, varied practice and are aligned with national SATs questions to prepare children for key assessments.

The free Spiral Practice for schools has 6-8 questions covering each content domain to complete weekly; with expected standard year group content phased into each Spiral Practice as pupils progress through the maths curriculum. The Practices align to White Rose curriculum maps, so pupils will only be given questions on what they have already learnt (ie revisiting learning, not new content). Every question has expert video feedback modelling how to solve each question.

The Spiral Practice is available for free to teachers to use for every pupil in schools, (however there is an additional service for parents where they can purchase the SMASH maths full programme, where pupils receive an additional 20 questions per week).  If you are interested in accessing the Spiral Practice for your school and want to find out more contact here. They can get all your pupils set up to complete free Spiral Practice in school (and set up a dedicated school landing page for parents should they wish to purchase the SMASH Maths full programme).

SMASH Maths also have a competition running during Maths Week London. Find more details here.

BBC Bitesize - a range of different lessons in maths.

Oak National Academy - a bank of high-quality, sequenced video lessons and resources.

Gareth Metcalfe's iseemaths - the games and resources featured help children to develop a strong 'number feel' and develop efficient calculation strategies. A range of visual representations are used. The games are simple and enjoyable to play!

Graham Andre's Mathematics Shed - The Shed is a collection of videos and resources to help you teach maths in an engaging way, there are a huge number of 'sheds' including the warm up shed, addition shed and a maths topic shed to name a few.

Do you use children’s story books as a starting point for exploring mathematical vocabulary and concepts? Do you have mathematically rich picture books as part of the provision in your maths area? In the Early Excellence Podcast episode "Exploring Books to Develop Maths"  Andy Burt and Llewella Ivins explore some great maths related books and stories to help you get started. Available on Spotify here (and other main platforms).

Remember, if you need any support with our learning content you can contact the Inspire Team by emailing us on: .

If you do use any LGfL content in your school to inspire your students do let us know by posting them on LGfL’s Twitter or Facebook  @mathsweekldn #MathsWeekLDN

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