Masterclass resources

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.

Chessboard. Image credit: Mark Leary via Flickr

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Being Systematic

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.

Magic Square on the Sagrada Familia façade, Barcelona. Credit: Prompt Guides via Flickr

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Magic Squares

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.

Sierpinski Triangle in the playground. Credit: Melissa Youngern via Flickr

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Sierpiński’s Triangle

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. See how Sierpiński’s triangle links to chaos and find out how simple rules can lead to amazing outcomes.

Children playing on playground apparatus shaped like a Mobius band

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Mobius Band

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.

Image of modern-day bridge in Konigsberg city

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Bridges of Konigsberg

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 in this interactive workshop - a great introduction to the mathematics of Graph Theory, the art of reducing complex systems to simple forms.

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Digital Computers

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.

Learn about ways you too can become a ‘digital computer’ and find out about binary numbers with the demonstrations and activities in this session.

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Get Lucky!

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 Masterclass: Big and Small

Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass all about big and small numbers.

Explore mathematical techniques for manipulating numbers from the minuscule to the huge. Test students' skills at estimation along the way by sampling small amounts and scaling up.

Rabbits in a field

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Rabbits and sequences

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 numerical sequences. Have a go at modelling a rabbit population to find out about the famous Fibonacci numbers and explore a few places where they crop up unexpectedly.

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Patterns in Primes

Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass about prime numbers and the patterns they hold.

Investigate the random nature of primes and the unusual patterns that emerge as you delve into them. Use a special number sieving technique to identify primes in large number grids.

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Curve stitching

Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass about beautiful parabola curves.

Explore parabolas occurring in nature, science and architecture and investigate the maths that underpins them. Create some of your own using fun techniques such as curve stitching.

Off-the-shelf Masterclass: Special Number Pi

Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass all about the number Pi.

Introduce your students to pi and explore its fundamental connection to circles, and the randomness in its infinite string of digits.

Coloured chemicals

Calculating colours

Learn about fractions by creating colours

London skyline

City walk

Mathematics-motivated school outings

Parabolic curves

Curved fold

Can a curve be folded into a piece of paper?

Illuminated buckyball sculpture

Fullerene / Buckyball

Can mathematics aid chemistry?

Coloured dice

Mathematical games

Activities using logic and tactics (in collaboration with NRICH)

Kaleidoscope reflections

Mirrors and angles

Investigating reflections and symmetry

Multilink cubes

Number shapes investigation

Constructing shapes and exploring number patterns (in collaboration with Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus)

Coloured paper stacks

Perfect thirds

What kind of fractions of a given length can we fold?

Coloured rolls of thread

Pick's theorem

Investigating perimeter and area using geoboards

Platonic solid models

Platonic solids

Construct and investigate 3d shapes

Platonic solid light decorations

Platonic solids investigation

Discover the finite number of possible platonic solids

Carthage landscape

Queen Dido of Carthage

Learning about perimeter and area through fashion

Sierpinski triangle tiles

Sierpinski triangle investigation

Investigating fractal patterns

Soap bubbles

Soap films masterclass

What can soap films tell us about motorways?

Blackboard maths

External maths resources

Browse our list of mathematical resources and tips for teachers from external providers.