Maths Week London 2019 – A celebration of maths across the capital

The first Maths Week London has come to an end and what a fantastic week we have had!

Over 500 schools took part in Maths Week London, with children of all ages getting involved in fun and engaging maths activities to help improve attitudes towards maths and build their confidence.

Here are some of the highlights from the week:

The Maths Week London Contest

Over 3,000,000 maths questions were answered over the week by children across the capital. (Yes you read that correctly, it’s not a typo!)

Congratulations to Year 9 at Palmers Green High School who answered the highest number of accurate questions and have won the Maths Week London Sumdog Contest trophy.


On Tuesday, we were joined by teachers from all over London at the Maths Week London TeachMeet at Kings Cross Academy.

Sarah Slattery (@MissSlatterySTJ) from St Joseph’s hosted the event and kicked the night off by looking at tactics to build children’ maths resilience and setting up positive norms in your maths class. #MathsEveryoneCan

Simon Pile, @mrpieelee, from Maths Week London Partner School, Anson Primary, shared lots of creative ways to teach maths and disrupt the norm. We all loved hearing the fraction wall!

We were wowed by the power of smarties with some amazing ideas from Samantha De Costa (@sequingirlie) from Wickham Court School, about how smarties can be used to teach maths.

Times Tables Rockstars’ Bruno Reddy (@mrreddymaths) then livened up the night as he got us rolling our numbers & even counting in French, whilst Bob Vertes from the ATM shared some fun maths puzzles that got us thinking hard!

Shamylea Miller from Millbrook Park School gave us an insight into the research she has been conducting and Louise Pinfield shared how she has been using Sumdog to target her teaching, reinforce learning and encourage a positive attitude towards maths!

Katy Potts from Islington CC followed, giving an insightful overview of the resources available to schools on the LGFL platform and Teneille Dardis (@teneille_dardis) finished off the evening by sharing how she uses the Book Creator App to create accessible and inclusive maths stories with her students.

Thank you to everyone who attended with special thanks to Islington CC and Sumdog for hosting the event, Kings Cross Academy for providing an amazing venue and much-appreciated refreshments and prizes from DoodleMaths and Sparx.

Count on Us Challenge Final

The Mayor’s Fund for London hosted the Primary and Secondary finals of the Count on Us Challenge this week at City Hall. Over 80 schools who entered were whittled down to just a handful of schools for the final which took place at the top of City Hall, featuring amazing views across London.

View the challenge highlights on Twitter #CountonUS

Events and activities across London

We were impressed, but not surprised, by schools’ creativity when it came to Maths Week London! Schools hosted mathematical treasure hunts, debates & magic shows.

Here are some of our favourites below!

Date for your diary

Don’t miss Maths Week London 2020, taking place 22-26 June next year. Register your interest and sign up for the latest updates.