Maths Week

Maths Week is now an annual event to find creative and innovative ways to excite and motivate students with maths.

Maths Week 2017 is coming up!!    #MathsGameOn

Maths Week runs from 27 February to 3 March and this year our theme is Maths: Game On!  The purpose of the week is to put the spotlight on maths, an area of the curriculum that can be challenging for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  Maths Week gives us the chance to work together and share ideas about effective practice, while having fun at the same time.  With this year’s theme all about the maths involved in game-playing, we hope you’ll get busy using games of all types (physical, board, computer…) to help students develop and practise their maths skills.

We launched Maths Week – and this year’s competition – in a webinar in the first week of February. Watch a recording for ideas about what you might get up to and competition details.  Download the webinar here

The competition is open to any student or group of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16 or over.  You don’t have to be a Natspec member to enter students.  And the rules are pretty simple.  Student(s) must create a game of any kind (for one or more players) that

  • helps them to develop maths skills that are useful to them
  • is fun to play.

To enter, simply email Rita Buckley with

  • Student entrants’ names
  • Email address of main college contact
  • Information about the game: how to play and what maths skills are being developed (Evidence could be: videos; photos; sound files; written records…)

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 3 March, 2017.
The competition will be judged by our partner, National Numeracy.  Winners and runners-up will be announced at the Natspec Annual Conference on Tuesday 21 March.

Please share what you’re up to on Twitter using the hashtag #MathsGameOn – in the run-up to and during the week.


A look back: Maths Week 2016

Maths week 2016 took place during the week beginning February 29 – hence Leap into maths. The theme was measurement – time, length, area, weight and size – all useful skills for students at home, work and in the community.

Colleges and students explored measuring at home and work

  • Weighing ingredients/animal feed
  • Measuring wood/material
  • Timing activities/getting somewhere on time
  • Knowing personal measurements
  • Measuring out own medication

Others explored alternative ways of measuring

Estimating or using comparisons often helps us get a sense of measurements we might not otherwise grasp. For example, Wales and football fields are often used to give a feel for size and scale. Do some measuring around the college using

  • distance or height – spans, shoe length, people
  • area – Wales, football pitches – use Google maps
  • volume – Americans use cups (rather than grams) –find recipes and make cookies
  • time – TV programme length, songs – compared to length of lessons last, journeys

These can work quite well for rough measurements, but are not accurate – different spans = different lengths, so the same wall would be a different number of spans


The webinar recording from 2016 is now available here.