### Annual events

**• 13 February 2018**

**Pancake Day**

Maths activities for Pancake Day - make your own pancakes, estimate the weight of an egg, plan a pancake party.

**• 1 March 2018 World Book Day**

Take a look at how to link maths to poetry and I will be writing an article in February to link maths to storybooks.

**• 14 March 2018 Pi Day**

Although pi is more relevant to secondary maths, primary schools can have a day looking at circles. KS1 can find and identify circles and KS2 can discover simple pi pattern through measuring, using mulitpication and division facts and rounding to the nearest whole number.

**• 1 April 2018 Easter**

Take your pick from a choice of Easter maths activites - repeating patterns, egg tangram and traditional egg rolling.

**• 24-26 May 2018 Chelsea Flower Show**

Find Fibonacci numbers on plants and have a go at counting pollen.

**• 11-17 June 2018 My Money Week**

Young Money provides educational resources for primary and secondary schools.

Take a look at last year's activities and register your interest for free resources for June 2018.

**Take a general look at dates**

Learn how to calculate the the day of the week for any date using the

*Doomsday Rule*

Find 'square' or 'prime' dates - 04.09.16 has consecutive square numbers.

2013 was the first year since 1987 not to have a repeating digit and then we had a flurry of them. Will it happen again?

Tom Daley, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Greg Rutherford should be there competing in diving, track and field events along with many other sports including netball, gymnastics and cycling.

**• Maths on the athletics track**

Athletics gives opportunities to some great body maths with EYFS/KS1 using cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers. For KS2 track events are great for calculation and fractions using large numbers, as well as activities using statistics, time, rounding and ordering decimal numbers.

**• Which sport does each person play?**

This maths mystery involves logic and encourages reasoning, problem solving and working collaboratively. The activity is ready to download, print and use. Children work in groups and are given six clues to help them to determine which sport is played by each contestant.

**• Plan your own commonwealth games activities**

Although ready-made resources are good they don't always match exactly the maths you want to teach. Take a look at these examples of how to create your own activities from the data or how to tailor good maths activities you have to match the context - this example uses the well-known Kieron's Cats problem.

Space is a great topic in primary schools, and better when linked to an event. However, topic based learning often includes many curriculum areas apart from maths, so don't forget to take opportunities to use maths learning.

NASA provides good information on Mars and the InSight mission that will place a craft on Mars to study the planet in more detail.**• Space Maths Mystery**

This space maths activity asks children to find the job of each astronaut and find out how many flights each has been on. The puzzle clues are ready to download, print and give to each group and there is support for you to prompt children if they get stuck.

**• Shapes and stars**

Using 2D shapes how many different ways can a star be drawn? There are activities for both KS1 and KS2 to explore the properties of 2-D shapes.

Making a paper star involves accurate measuring and then you can take a look at calculating perimeter and area of star shapes.

**Football Statistics**

The World Cup is a great way to use football statistics in primary maths and there is even some football maths data for KS1. The information in these articles are for previous World Cup competitions but there is up to date information on the size of each stadium in Russia and England player profiles with weight, height and footballing achievements.

**Addition in a football context**

This a great way to have some fun with addition - if each letter of the alphabet is a given number what would be the total for ENGLAND? Does RUSSIA score more?

**Football Game for 2 players**

Help yourself to a free football game using logic for 2 players that can be downloaded and printed.