Teaching Ideas for Maths Day

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: Sam Collins

Teaching Ideas for Maths Day

If you're celebrating World Maths Day, a national Maths event or you're planning a special Maths day at your school, try some of our suggested teaching ideas...

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Can you think of any popular children’s books that include numbers or counting (e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar)? Could you write your own counting book for children?
  • Choose a page from a book. What are the average number of words per sentence? Average number of letters per word? Which words appear most frequently? Which letters?


  • Set some maths challenges in your classroom. For example, how many windows are there? Can you work out the area of glass needed for your classroom? How much would they cost to replace?
  • Cost a school trip and work out the timings. How many coaches will you need? How much will it cost (including entry fees)?
  • Create a pictogram showing how everyone got to school today. 
  • Work out the average distance travelled to school by the class.
  • Make a revision guide about a particular Maths concept.
  • Make a list of how many times maths is used at school outside of maths lessons (e.g. paying dinner money, dividing classes up into groups, making sure everyone gets a dinner!) Who needs to do that maths? What would happen if they didn’t? Use these free posters as a starting point.


  • Talk to a friend about when we use Maths as part of Science activities. What needs to be measured during Science investigations? How is it measured and why does it need to be measured?


Design Technology

  • Design and construct nets for 3D shapes.
  • Look at the packaging of items in lunchboxes, which shapes are used? Why have they been chosen?
  • Older children can design a simple maths track game for younger children to play.


  • Have a look at M. C, Escher’s tessellation art and create your own. There are some amazing examples of children’s art work on the site too, for inspiration.
  • Make some random art by drawing a simple grid and using a dice or spinner to determine which colour each shape is coloured. See an example here
  • Create an artwork using only regular 2D shapes.
  • Make some symmetrical artwork (e.g. butterflies).


  • Find out the playing time of your favourite songs / pieces of music. Use this information to find the average or to generate charts and graphs that represent the data.
  • Experiment with combining different rhythms, for example, half the class clap out a 1,2,3,4 pattern, the other half clap out 1,2,3. What happens?


  • Measure the distance from your home / school to other places that you visit regularly. Create a map that shows your route.
  • Discuss different ways of measuring distances. What units do we use? How do we measure short and longer distances?


  • Can you find out about famous mathematicians from history? Could you write their biographies or create timelines to show the main events of their life?
  • Research maths in ancient cultures, for example the abacus, roman numerals etc.

Physical education

  • Set up a timed circuit challenge. How many of each of these can you do in one minute? For example - bunny hops, star jumps, burpees etc. Estimate first and then check your estimate.
  • Design a maths treasure trail around your school grounds and challenge your friends to complete it. 
  • Hold a Mini Olympics, awarding points for the first, second and third in each event. Work out the average race times, the average distance jumped etc.


  • Can you find out the shape names in the language you are learning?
  • Learn the names of the numbers in the language you are learning. Look at this page for some examples.


  • Play a simple number game together. What are the rules of the game? Why does it need rules? What would happen if we changed the rules? What happens if someone ignores the rules?


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