Primary Science Day

Students making goo in the chemistry lab

Date: June
Audience: Year 5 and Year 6 students

The day aims to enrich their studies of maths and science through a range of short hands on workshops which will include Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics and Maths. The maths workshops are based on the Liverpool Maths Society FunMaths Roadshow materials. For more information please contact: .

Oxford for Oxford

Museum club members at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Oxford for Oxford operates in partnership with key state schools in the Oxford city area. The project works to support pupil attainment and promote connections between teachers, students, families and the University. They currently run a Museum Club which brings together Year 5 pupils from seven local primary schools - Church Cowley St James, Orchard Meadow, Pegasus, Rose Hill, St John Fisher, Windale and Wood Farm - who spend two or three Saturdays per term visiting the Oxford University museums.

Just Add Imagination

For parents and carers looking for science and maths-based activities to do with their young person, Oxford Sparks has developed a fantastic set of resources developed by students and academics at the University of Oxford. From designing the ultimate paper aeroplane to teaching a computer to doodle, each activity comes with a list of items needed, talking points, and further resources. Visit Just Add Information for more information.

Other websites and resources


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NRICH has hundreds of rich mathematical problems and investigations, all freely available on their website, organised by topic and age range. They produce themed collections of their resources - you might like to try Be a Mathematician! (primary), Thinking Mathematically (secondary), or Prepare for University (upper secondary).

Primary Maths Challenge

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The Primary Mathematics Challenge is a fun and exciting mathematical Challenge aimed at pupils in years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland, and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland. The challenge takes place in school, and aims to develop problem solving and reasoning in students. 

UKMT Resources

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The UKMT (United Kingdom Maths Trust) produces free resources for primary schools to run their own team maths competitions with. If you think your students might enjoy a challenge, then why not try the Primary Team Maths Resources? The resources are freely available from UKMT, and include relay rounds, crossnumbers, logic questions and more!

Royal Institution Masterclasses

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The Royal Institution coordinates enriching masterclasses for students across the UK. The mathematics masterclasses are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which are not usually covered in the school curriculum. The age range varies from Primary Mathematics Masterclasses, Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses (Year 8 and above), Engineering Masterclasses (Year 9), and Computer Science Masterclasses.

The Mathematical Institute runs and hosts the Oxfordshire Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses (Years 9-11). Teachers at local state schools will receive a pack each October asking them to nominate students for the classes, which run on six Saturdays from January to March.

Wild Maths

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Mathematics is a creative subject. It involves spotting patterns, making connections, and finding new ways of looking at things. Creative mathematicians play with ideas, draw pictures, have the courage to experiment and ask good questions.

Wild Maths is produced by the Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge, who are best known for NRICH and Plus. It is aimed at 7 to 16 year olds exploring maths beyond the classroom, but open to everyone.

Books and Blogs

Maths for Mums and Dads - Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew

Which One Doesn't Belong? - Christopher Danielson

Why Do Buses Come in Threes? The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life - Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

1089 and All That - David Acheson

Talking Math With Your Kids - Christopher Danielson's blog

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension - Matt Parker