Masterclasses are ideal for picking up interesting ideas for topics or activities to include in your own lessons.
Check out our new ready-to-go 'off-the-shelf' Primary Mathematics Masterclasses to use in your classroom or as topics within your own Masterclass series.
Alternatively, explore our older masterclass-style classroom resources and browse our list of resources available externally.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass all about working systematically. Investigate how many squares there are on a chessboard (hint: not 64) and extend this reasoning to cubes, triangular grids, and more.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass exploring magic squares – squares of numbers where all rows, columns and diagonals add up to the same magic total.
Find out about their history in art, sculpture and legend and learn how to create your own magic squares of different sizes.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass all about Sierpiński’s Triangle, a beautiful mathematical shape which appears in surprising places.
Create the shape in different ways and investigate some of its properties.
Explore how Sierpiński’s triangle links to chaos, combinatorics (the number of different ways of doing things) and find out how simple rules can lead to amazing outcomes.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass all about Mobius Bands.
Play with simple strips of paper for this fun mathematical activity that will blow the minds of both the young students and attending adults alike.
Wow them with this lovely introduction to the mathematical field of topology.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass about the infamous Bridges of Konigsberg conundrum, first solved by the mathematician Euler.
Explore the properties of basic graphs and have a go at applying Euler's equation in this interactive and fun workshop.
A great introduction to the mathematics of Graph Theory, the art of reducing complex systems to simple mathematical forms.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass about the art and science of counting on fingers. Since ancient times, humans have used their fingers for counting and calculations. We use the word ‘digit’ to mean both a finger and a numeral.
Through the demonstrations and activities in this session, students will have fun learning about ways that they too can be ‘digital computers’ and find out about binary numbers along the way.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass exploring the mathematical probability of winning the national lottery.
In this Masterclass, students answer the big question ‘Is it worth playing the lottery?’ by exploring combinations, Pascal’s Triangle, probability and randomness.
Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass all about sequences, including a very special sequence of rabbits.
Explore ways of spotting patterns and finding rules for different sequences, discovering the mathematical notation and different approaches to the problem. Have a go at mathematically modelling a rabbit population to find out about the famous Fibonacci numbers and explore a few places where they crop up unexpectedly. If there's time, start to explore one of maths's greatest unsolved problems and try to find a pattern in the prime numbers.
Learn about fractions by creating colours
Mathematics-motivated school outings
Can a curve be folded into a piece of paper?
Can mathematics aid chemistry?
Activities using logic and tactics (in collaboration with NRICH)
Investigating reflections and symmetry
Constructing shapes and exploring number patterns (in collaboration with Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus)
What kind of fractions of a given length can we fold?
Investigating perimeter and area using geoboards
Construct and investigate 3d shapes
Discover the finite number of possible platonic solids
Learning about perimeter and area through fashion
Investigating fractal patterns
What can soap films tell us about motorways?
Browse our list of mathematical resources and tips for teachers from external providers.