Maths Week London 2020 – a celebration of maths unlike any other

The second annual Maths Week London has come to an end and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part.

Our original plans for this year’s celebrations were somewhat impacted by recent global events, so imagine our delight at seeing just how many of you got involved regardless.

Whether they were learning at home or in school, children across the capital found lots of fun and creative ways to engage with maths, and over 800 schools ended up joining us to celebrate virtually. We loved following along with some of your most inventive ideas, from outdoor maths adventure trails to maths-themed bake-offs!

We’ve gathered some of our highlights of the week below, but don’t forget to get in touch on Twitter or Facebook and share your own.

The contests

Sumdog’s special Maths Week London contest was a great success once again, with over 2,750,000 questions being answered by 8,672 pupils. Well done to everybody for their hard work, and congratulations to Year 8 at Palmers Green High School, who are this year’s champions.

This year, Times Tables Rockstars also hosted an extra-special contest for Maths Week London, very aptly titled ‘London Rocks!’ TTRS were delighted that 418 schools from across London participated, with over 20,000 pupils answering an impressive 27 million times tables and division questions correctly over the course of the week. Well done, everybody!

Daily Resources

Our friends over at LEO Academies created some excellent daily maths challenges to get everyone engaged, and the response from you guys on twitter was incredible! We’d like to send a special thanks to Natasha Dolling, the Maths Director at LEO Academies, who filmed all of the videos herself.

If you missed out on the daily challenges and you’d like to give them a go, head over to our resources page, where you’ll find lots of fun free stuff from our partners.


Our TeachMeet was a little different this year, taking place in the virtual world of Zoom, but you didn’t let that stop your creativity flowing. 

We heard some brilliant ideas on everything from combining mathematics with athletics to using concept cartoons as a way to give children time for deeper thinking and exposing them to mathematical language. 

Thanks to everyone who joined us and thanks to Sarah Slattery (@MissSlatterySTJ) for hosting. We’re looking forward to some wine and nibbles at next year’s IRL event!


Friendly support

This year, we received lots of much-appreciated support! Plenty of familiar faces shared words of encouragement, and maths legend Johnny Ball even made some videos to celebrate.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful partners for their support this year. In case you missed everyone’s videos of support on twitter,  we thought we’d include some kind written words here from our friends at the Science Museum to give you just a flavour of some of the wonderful support we’ve received from all of our partners this year.

We look forward to working together with everybody to make Maths Week London 2021 even bigger and better.

Creative inspiration

Our final shoutout for this year goes to… you! We were overwhelmed by the inspiring and creative ways you celebrated maths with your pupils in these unusual times. 

Inspiring every child with the confidence to engage with maths is vital, now more than ever, and, if Maths Week London 2020 is anything to go by, you’re not going to let the current situation stop you!

Check out some of our favourite updates from you below.

Date for your diary

Don’t miss Maths Week London 2021, taking place from 28th June to 2nd July next year. 

Register now to receive exclusive resources, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest developments.