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2018 ATMMA Maths Festival

15 September 2018

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics and The Mathematical Association are proud to announce the first joint ATM/MA Maths Festival. The festival will be hosted in partnership with the National STEM Learning Centre and The OR Society at the University of York on Saturday, 15 September 2018.

The festival will include an inspiring programme of events free to the public with lots of opportunities for the local community to get involved.  Our workshops, talks, and events are designed to make maths more engaging and enjoyable for children and their families.  We hope to break down the negative connotations associated with mathematics and demonstrate how fun and exciting maths can be.

Festival aims

  • To engage young people and their families in fun mathematical activities in order to combat the widely-held negative perception of mathematics and to promote positive attitudes towards mathematics.

  • To foster public engagement with mathematics.

  • To use mathematics as a vehicle to create a sense of community and bring people together.

    Book Your Free Ticket

    Book your free festival ticket online (via Eventbrite) and gain access to an exciting programme of activities and maths related entertainment, including Playing with Lego (run by the OR Society), fun with Origami,, a sticky and messy maths workshop, maths board games, interactive sessions and much more...

    Featured Presenters

    Andrew Jeffrey, Mathemagician 

    Andrew is an award-winning stage and close-up magician, and multi-award winning mind-reader and mentalist. Take part in The Magic of Maths show: With a range of effects suitable for Primary level, children are taken on a magical journey that subtly changes their attitude to mathematics.

    Additional booking is required for the Magic of Maths show (it's still free!). Spaces are limited. Slots available from 12:00-13:00 or 14:30-15:30.

    The OR Society, Play with Lego 

     Play with Lego: In this session we want you to make a table and chairs out of Lego (but don’t worry – we’ll provide the Lego for you)! Maybe you want to make the tables with square blocks and the chairs with rectangle blocks. Or maybe you want to use all square bricks for the tables but different colours. Work out how much they’ll cost, how much you can sell it for, and if you’ll end up making a profit or a loss.

    The Programme 

    Bubblz the Bubbly Maths Clown - Bubbly Maths entertainers perform maths shows in the UK and around the world, engaging audiences using mesmerising resources. The props? Magical soap bubbles and giant balloons. These are used to discover the maths & science of bubbles and to explore the mathematical fundamentals of shape and measurement.

    City of Zombies Board Game - City of Zombies is a fast, frantic and fun board game where players work together using dice rolling and maths-by-stealth to defeat the advancing Zombie horde to survive! It has won both gaming and educational awards and is used in homes and schools around the world to help children improve their numeracy through play.

    Enjoying mathematics with paper Origami workshop by Sue Pope and Tung Ken Lam - enjoying mathematics with paper Origami is enjoyable and challenging and a great starting point for mathematical exploration and learning. - Transforming the way mathematics is taught and learned mathematical story at a time. 

    Maths in a Suitcase - Maths in a Suitcase and Science in a Suitcase are “hands-on” exhibitions providing experiments, investigations, and activities for children of all ages, experience, background, and ability.

    STEM Centre Workshop - Supporting STEM learning. Working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

    Yo Ho Ho-ratio: some mathematics of Trafalgar -This is presented by Able Seaman Ransom of HMS Pickle (the ship that brought the news of Trafalgar back to Britain) in 1805 seaman’s dress. We will look at how game theory played its part at Trafalgar, the mathematics of cannon balls and demonstrate their destructive power. Probability using seamen’s dice games will possibly play a part and we finish with a taste of ships biscuits.

    Watch this space! New presenters and activities are being added daily!

13th Annual One Day Conference for Teachers of Secondary Mathematics

29 September 2018

When: 29 September 2018

Where: University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

Online Booking Now Open

Keynote Address;

Maureen McKenna, OBE, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council

See the Full Programme Here

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Download a Booking Form Here

Cheques to be sent to;

Stirling Conference 2018

259 London Road



No invoices will be given - Please do not ask

Here's a few of the responses received from the 2017 delegates: -

“Great fun ideas instead of mundane routine stuff - Really inspired today:-)”

“I found them all great, really stimulating and have given me lots of food for thought.”

“Great to do some hands on maths. Really enjoyed it”

“Excellent CPD, lots of good info and resources”

“Very interesting and useful for the class.”


7th Primary One Day Conference

13 October 2018

The Mathematical Association in cooperation with Bucks, Berks and Oxon Maths Hub are holding the Seventh Annual Primary Professional Development Day on Saturday, 13th October 2018 at Wycombe High School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Online Booking Open

Reasons to Love Reasoning

Reasoning is at the heart of learning and doing mathematics. But evidence points to reasoning not getting as much attention in mathematics lessons as it might. Is that because fluency and problem solving need to come first? Or because reasoning is only something that a select few children can engage in? In this keynote Mike will explore why it is important that all children get to engage in mathematical reasoning, and why reasoning is complementary to, but not directly dependent upon, fluency and problem solving. In fact, some evidence suggests that reasoning may come first in learning mathematics. We will explore practical strategies for bringing reasoning into the center of all mathematics teaching, and making mathematics learning engaging, challenging and productive.

Keynote Speaker - Professor Mike Askew

Mike is a distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, having previously held Professorships at King’s College, University of London and Monash University, Melbourne. Originally a primary school teacher, Mike moved into teacher education and developed his interest in research.  He has directed many research projects including the influential ‘Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools’ and was deputy director of the five-year Leverhulme Numeracy Research Programme. His books include: ‘Transforming Primary Mathematics’, ‘A Practical Guide to Transforming Primary Mathematics’ and the popular ‘Maths for Mums and Dads’ (with Rob Eastaway). 

Mike believes that mathematical activity can be, and should be, engaging and enjoyable for all learners and that the majority of learners can come to see themselves as mathematicians, in the sense of having confidence in their ability to do maths.  From April 2018 Mike is pleased to be the President of the Mathematical Association.

Workshops throughout the day include the following:

Katie Crozier and Claire Gerrard - Numberless Word Problems: How to encourage mathematical reasoning and avoid ‘number-plugging’

When presented with word problems, there is a conflict between context and quantity.   Children often resort to ‘number plugging’ and default to the favoured operation of addition. During this session, Katie and Claire will share some tried and tested class teaching strategies to encourage children to think more about the context of word problems and to use mathematical thinking to suggest potential solutions. Participants in the workshop will explore different ways of presenting word problems, including removing the numbers, to help children make sense of the maths involved and reach well-reasoned, accurate solutions.

Alison Eves – Using Systematic Reasoning to Solve Problems … and have fun!

This workshop will use some of the materials developed for the Royal Institution’s “Off the Shelf” (OTS) Primary Maths Masterclasses. By adopting a systematic approach to reasoning pupils can have the satisfaction of not only solving a problem, but also knowing that they have found a complete solution. In addition they can then use that reasoning to generalise and solve similar problems. As part of the workshop Alison will explain how these OTS materials can easily be used to enhance your students’ love of reasoning, via engagement with the Royal Institution’s Maths Masterclass programme for primary schools. (And with a minimum of time commitment from the busy teacher!)

Sue Gifford – Developing Pattern Awareness in the Early Years

Young children’s awareness of pattern varies greatly and predicts their later mathematical achievement – but it can be taught. Following Australian research and based on a current project with teachers of three to five year olds, this session considers practical ways of developing children’s pattern awareness and its relation to mathematical thinking.

Ray Huntley - Developing Reasoning to Support Problem Solving

In this session, we will look at a number of 'classroom-ready' activities which involve solving problems using reasoning skills. They cover number and geometry and use minimal equipment beyond a few cubes, counters, paper and scissors. Pair and small group work will be strongly encouraged, even enforced, and you will go away with ideas and insights to get your children reasoning.

Laurie Jacques –Teaching with Variation: Planning for key points, difficult points and critical points in learning mathematics

In this session, Laurie will offer some case studies from a primary professional development programme that has facilitated teachers to begin designing and teaching using variation. Laurie will provide a brief background to teaching with variation and share examples of tasks that teachers have developed in the last 12 months as part of their professional learning. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to consider their own practice and work on some mathematical tasks designed with procedural variation as a foundation.

Jane Liddle – Mastery beyond Number and Calculation

Much of the focus of teaching for Mastery has been on Number and Calculation to date, but as a Mastery Lead for BBO Maths Hub, Jane is often asked what mastery looks like in other areas such as Measures and Geometry. This session will be a hands on exploration to try out some activities to address aspects of these topics.

Lucy Sayce-Browne – Let’s Talk about Reasoning

When asked to explain their reasoning children will often answer with ‘I just know it’. They struggle to find the words to talk about the maths and so are unable to form chains of reasoning. Their understanding becomes stuck in the moment and progress stagnates. By providing pupils with rich and frequent opportunities to talk about maths and by scaffolding that talk we can help to develop pupils reasoning skills as well as strengthening conceptual understanding. In this session we will explore strategies for developing maths talk through working on simple but rich tasks that can be taken straight into the classroom.

Programme for the Day

Time                    Event

1000-1030           Registration and refreshments

1030-1130           Opening Plenary

1130-1140           Break

1140-1240           Workshop 1

1240-1330           Lunch and MA publications

1330-1430           Workshop 2

1430-1440           Break

1440-1540            Workshop 3

1540-1600            Refreshments and evaluations

The event is held on a Saturday to avoid problems with cover.  It is priced so that schools can afford to send two members of staff (about half the price of a typical LA course) - staff who enjoy the day’s training together are more likely to discuss and implement what they have experienced on their return to school.

The cost of the day is £70 for members of The Mathematical Association.

£95 to non-members who will receive a £25 voucher redeemable against membership.  

All members of a school with Institutional Membership are entitled to come at the members’ price.  

Publications from The Mathematical Association will be on sale on the day.

We provide a lovely lunch and refreshments, and do everything possible to make it a great day out for those who attend.

The feedback on last year’s sessions was excellent.  Please do consider sending at least one member of staff, as it is rare to have so many experts in the field of primary mathematics together for the day.  It really is an opportunity not to be missed!  

We will contact delegates nearer the time giving more detailed directions and the finalised schedule for the day.

Download an application form here.

Online Booking Opening soon

Important Booking Information for Applicants

Receipt of your conference fee will book your place, please be aware your place is not secure until payment is received. 

No refunds are given once a place has been booked, but other names can be substituted if the person registering cannot attend.

We reserve the right to change the programme.