One of the UK's leading providers of Creative Maths workshops to primary and secondary schools. Over 400,000 children and young people have taken part in one of our Creative Maths workshops.
All of our maths workshops have been carefully designed to both put into context and actively promote the three keystones of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. Tapping into pupils' own creativity, our unashamedly fun workshops engage, motivate and, crucially, challenge the children and young people we work with.
Rooted in drama and storytelling, our workshops offer opportunities to practise skills with numbers, shapes and concepts in exciting, imaginative and interactive ways.
The Pirate’s Challenge
When Captain Richard Morgan arrives at school, he’ll be more than a little confused. Because just a few hours beforehand he’ll have been on his pirate vessel, The Good Ship Mathematics, in the middle of the Caribbean! Swept to your school by a Time Tornado, he’ll need the pupils’ help to get back to his own time and place. Are they up to the Challenge? And it’s a Challenge that will test their understanding of number, shape and direction to the max.
Combining murder mysteries and problem-solving, CSI: Maths is one of our most popular ranges – offering pupils opportunities to apply their skills in, and understanding of shape and measurement in a unique environment. Each workshop can accommodate up to 30 pupils per session and you can choose from:
CSI: Storyland (EYFS, KS1)
With the help of the elves, the Shoemaker’s fortunes have been restored – and all is well in Storyland. Until, that is, his precious last is stolen! Which of his neighbours could have taken it? After using storytelling techniques to introduce pupils to the crime and the suspects, we'll share with them a range of clues left at the scene. They'll then use their sorting and numeracy skills to reveal the identity of the miscreant!
Was it Goldilocks, the Billy Goats Gruff, Little Miss Muffet, the Little Pigs or Red Riding Hood? It’s up to you to find out!
CSI: Michaela Maths (Years 3 - 6)
If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of one of her teammates, Michaela Maths, one of Britain’s most promising young athletes, would be dead – slain by an unseen hand! The police are baffled by the dastardly deed – and want the children’s help in solving it. Having been introduced to the crime, the suspects and their possible motives, pupils will work in teams on a carousel probing a range of mathematical skills. Taken together, these lead to the suspects being eliminated, one by one – until, if all the calculations are correct, the criminal is unmasked.
CSI: Bake-Off (Years 3 - 6)
All is not well in the world of the Bake Off – one of the judges, Saul Pinewood, has had food poisoning – and he knows it wasn’t an accident! He’s narrowed the field down to six suspects – and hopes that pupils can use their understanding of fractions, percentages and measurements to help him take the final step.
Music industry mogul Harvey Wilson has made more than a few enemies in his time - and now one of them has succeeded in making life difficult for him! So who was it who hacked into Harvey's precious database, deleting all his business contacts in one fell swoop? Means, motive and opportunity will all have to be factored in as pupils investigate this calculated act of sabotage. Was it Viola de Clerc, the classical violinist? DJ Grime, the garage specialist - or popster Betty B? Boy band Heaven Sent are in the mix as well, as is New Punk exponent Polly Ester - not forgetting Country and Western star Jake Carew!
This exciting and fast-paced workshop invites pupils to pit their wits against the criminal by using their data handling and number skills to reveal his - or her - identity.
CSI: Ancient Greek Maths (Years 3 – 6)
Mount Olympus is in turmoil – because someone has stolen Zeus’s thunderbolt! We're on the trail of the culprit – but need your help to put all the pieces together as you collate and interpret the data. Mixing maths with mythology, this is definitely one of our more challenging workshops!
CSI: Saxon Maths (Years 4 - 6)
Alfred the Great has burnt the cakes … or has he? Test your understanding of number, shape and time as you help right the wrongs of history – and work out who framed him!
CSI: Olympics (Years 3 - 6)
This exciting new addition to our CSI: Maths range has been designed to support you in capitalising on the interest in the Rio Olympics and engage your pupils in some undercover maths. The team of Olympians from the tiny country of Berellia is in turmoil. They're all cyclists, you see - and someone has sabotaged each and every one of their bikes! So children will have to delve deep into the murky underworld of the velodrome as they survey the crime scene, examine the evidence and sift through the suspects - all in a bid to crack The Case of the Criminal Cyclists!
The Captain’s Conundrum – Whole School
Captain Richard Morgan, of the Good Ship Mathematics, has a conundrum … he knows that there’s treasure to be found on Cloud Island, he has a map – and he has a set of clues. But they’re clues he can neither make head nor tail of. He’ll meet all the children at an assembly and challenge them to conquer his conundrum.
During the course of the day, the Captain will give each year group an age-appropriate set of clues to unearth a particular piece of treasure – and warm them up with one of his piratical maths drama games. Then everyone reconvenes in a meeting (or two meetings) at the end of the day to share their findings – and advise the Captain on what to buy for his expedition. Content is in line with the National Curriculum requirements and will include different age-appropriate activities for each year group.
Murderous Maths (KS1 – KS3)
It’s exactly 100 years to the day since the grisly demise of Puffing Billy – and this unique workshop allows up to 180 pupils attempt to crack the case at the same time. After everyone’s been introduced to the crime scene, the victim and the suspects (and been armed with Evidence Booklets), pupils will take part in a series of age-differentiated challenges – revolving around such clues as omnibus tickets, diaries and timepieces. As pupils practise their maths skills, the suspects will be whittled down one by one – until only the criminal remains.
But there’s still more to do – because there’s yet another Maths Mystery to be unravelled. A job that will be undertaken in up to three follow-up workshops, each for up to 30 pupils.
BIG Maths Activity Days for KS3
We know that it’s often important for secondary schools to offer activities to whole year groups – and we understand, too, the logistical difficulties that this can bring. So we’ve designed BIG Maths Days that allow up to 240 KS3/4 students to carousel around a number of very different creative Maths workshops in the course of one day.
Differentiated for age, our BIG Maths Days offer students opportunities to:
- Use maths in context
- Consider how mathematical advances have shaped our world
- Practise a range of number-based skills and operations
- Develop their understanding of shape
- Consider notions of “value” and realise that “value” can change
- Engage in strategic problem-solving activities
Big Maths Days work by selecting up to four of the following creative maths activities:
- CSI: Michaela Maths
- CSI: Bake Off
- Selling Maths
- Trading Games
- The Expedition
- Number Patterns: The Bunker
Outdoor Maths (EYFS – KS4)
Outdoor spaces provide wonderful opportunities to explore how numbers and shapes create both the built and natural worlds. So our engaging (and very active!) outdoor maths workshops, which feature a range of tried and tested al fresco activities, bring home the relevance of numeracy to our everyday lives – and provide lots of scope for problem solving too!
We have developed low-input exercises for all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6, including; Investigative Maths Bingo (Outdoors!), Mathematical Drawings, Outdoor Maths Poetry, DIY Maths Trails and the Big Maths Game. One of the best things about all of these activities is that they’re easy to adapt and replicate – meaning that you and your colleagues will have a whole new bank of resources to play with!
Other popular Maths workshops include:
Primary – The Race to Space, The Viking’s Quest, Maths Through Stories.
Secondary – The Bunker (number patterns), Trading Games and Selling Maths.
What people say...
"I have had some excellent feedback from staff and pupils alike "It's like cluedo but with Maths. The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. They were all engaged and loved how Mathematical skills were transferred into real life contexts. They worked well in teams and enjoyed problem solving.The students gained strategies to problem solve and healthy competition. They were encouraged to work in teams which our children often struggle with." (Maths Mastery Coordinator, Place Farm Primary Academy)
“Captain Morgan character really engaged the children and provided a fun element to the day. The day was really well organised and tasks were differentiated well. The children gained a love of learning, resilience in problem solving, team work and an opportunity to ask questions. All of the staff were really positive about their workshop. We had a great experience and would certainly be keen to book again!” (Maths Co-ordinator, Harvington First School)
“Thank you very much for our pirate day today! It was fantastic and the children absolutely loved it, as well as learning lots from their maths problems!” (Maths Co-ordinator, Kingsway Primary School)
“The children loved having Captain Morgan in school – and it was wonderful to hear them enjoying their maths so much! Thank you!” (Headteacher, New Brighton Primary)
“Thanks very much for the pirate maths day with our children - which was thoroughly enjoyed!! They all came in wearing pirate bandanas today and we continued the pirate theme with both maths and literacy!" (Maths Co-ordinator, St Cecilia's Infant School)
“Tidbury Green had a fantastic Maths day when Jackson visited us in March. The kids were so engaged by him and loved the different problem solving activities. Jackson was very accommodating so that some classes could have ‘The Pirate’s Challenge’ whilst others had ‘CSI Maths.’ Would definitely book with again! ” (Maths Co-ordinator, Tidbury Green Primary)
“We had a wonderful day,” she said, “and the children thoroughly enjoyed all the activities – which absolutely meets our commitment to providing them with opportunities to enjoy numeracy in meaningful ways.” (Clare Webster, Maths Co-ordinator, St Finbar's Primary)
“The children were very excited – there was a wonderful sense of enthusiasm all around and they continued to talk about the workshops all day! All the teachers I spoke to commented how nice it was to see the children applying their maths skills – and how great it was to have an opportunity to step back a little and reflect on the children’s problem solving and using and applying skills.” (Maths Co-ordinator, New Brighton Primary).
CSI: Maths was fun but challenging – exciting, active, different – and really enjoyable! We learnt new things, it made us think – and everyone was involved. It was amazing!” (Year 7 Pupils, Weatherhead Media Arts College)
“Thank you for a wonderful day. Right across the school the children were fully engaged throughout.” (Maths Co-ordinator, Servite RC Primary School, London)
“With seventy Year 8's in the room, all engaged in activity, the room was buzzing – and every single one of them was doing maths!” (Head of Maths, Pendale Vale College)
“Thanks very much for the pirate maths day with our children – which was thoroughly enjoyed!! They all came in wearing pirate bandanas today and we continued the pirate theme with both maths and literacy!” (Maths Co-ordinator, St Cecilia’s Infant School, Liverpool)
“Using a story as a stimulus to base a maths lesson on was a fantastic idea. All of the children were engaged and excited during the activities – including the ones who usually struggle with the subject!” (Year 2 Teacher, Arnot St Mary’s Primary)
“All the children were constantly engaged and many commented on the blog afterwards how much they had enjoyed the session. It covered a huge range of skills without the children realising how much Numeracy they were doing! All the pupils could access it despite the huge range of abilities present.” (Maths Co-ordinator, Hawes Side Academy, Blackpool)
“Following the as creatives CPD programme, members of the maths department came up with some brilliant ways of linking numeracy to Global Diversity Week!” (Assistant Headteacher, the Oldershaw School)
“Raising children's expectations in maths and gettting them excited about maths was an important part of the learning. Adding humour to learning ensured that all participated - enthusiasm for each session was surperb!” (Co-Headteacher Edgworth Primary, Bolton)
“I was amazed! You kept every single student engaged for every minute of the hour and a half session – and I would never have guessed you’d be able to cover so many maths features!” (Maths teacher, Pendle Vale College)
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