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Favourite Number Election
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A conceit to promote mathematics across your school's community — to encourage shared mathematical talk amongst students, their families and staff — the 'Favourite Number Election' could possibly be used to mark (in part) days such as the NSPCC's Number Day (2 February in 2018: click here for more information), πday (14 March every year), Ada Lovelace Day (9 October 2018), etc.

The ballot paper is provided here to be printed A4 double-sided and folded to make an A5 booklet.  The 20 'candidates' included on the paper are numbers that secondary school students should / may come across, to varying degrees of depth, or will otherwise be able to access, but the ballot paper can of course be customised by adding and/or removing numbers if/as wished to suit the school, age group, and purpose.

Suggested use:
  • Run a whole-school election campaign before students, staff and possibly families vote for their favourite number using the ballot paper.
    • Students volunteer to be advocates, campaigners for respective numbers, or numbers are assigned to classes, houses, etc. 
    • Run a hustings, perhaps in school assemblies, where each advocate or group of advocates argue their case for their candidate.
    • Do some polling before the actual election, gather sample data and use such in mathematics / statistics classes.
    • Publicise the result, with reasons why the number won, across the school and possibly wider.




Random Acts of Maths
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Random Acts of Maths (RAoM) are Mathematical puzzles, problems, teasers, provocations, jokes, quotes, etc., to be offered / given to students (outside of lessons), their families, school visitors, et al., for no other reason than to make people mathier.  Designed to promote the doing of mathematics, and, indeed, to promote the promotion of the doing of mathematics, RAoMs can be carried out either spontaneously, or as part of a deliberate school strategy.  Each RAoM is presented here as an A6-sized 'note': four on an A4 sheet to print double-sided and cut-to-size, with a message on the reverse encouraging the recipient to 'pass it on'.

Some suggested uses:
  • Teachers pocket a selection of RAoMs to randomly hand out to children during mid-morning breaks or lunch times — perhaps on days such as πday (14 March), the NSPCC's Number Day (2 February in 2018), Ada Lovelace Day (9 October 2018), or, indeed, any other day.
  • Place a stack of RAoMs (printed on card) in a prominent position in your school's reception for visitors, maybe with an accompanying notice.
  • Enclose a RAoM, occasionally, in correspondence with families.
  • On Open Evenings, or other whole school events, give one RAoM to a student ambassador, prefect, etc., as a badge to wear and thus spike visitors' curiosities enough for them to ask the students about them.
  • Parent/carers may use such, customising if they wish with positive messages, doodles, etc., and secretly placing into the lunch boxes, or school bags of their children before they go to school. 





xMaths Card
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Extra Stuff to Do at Home Corridor Cards
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Curios, Quotes, etc. for Display
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Formulae display
(Print on acetate and affix to windows for a 'stained glass' effect)
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Vocabulary display
(Print on acetate and affix to windows for a 'stained glass' effect)
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Maths in the News Corridor Leaflets
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Multiplication Tables Practice Booklets
— including 'Mission Impossible' tests
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