Maths Week Newsletter November 23/11/21

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Welcome to the November Newsletter
Maths Week 2021 may be over, but we have lots of maths fun still in store for you in this issue. Keep scrolling to check it out!

Don't forget to take part in our Maths Week survey to be in with a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet. Details to enter below. 

In this issue:

Oonagh Trehin, 
STEM Engagement Coordinator,
Maths Week Ireland
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Maths Week Winners
 Thank you to all the teachers who registered for Maths Week 2021!

Well done to the following teachers, who are prize winners from our draw:

Don't worry if you weren't a winner above, we have another chance for you to win!
To be in with a chance to win one of three Samsung Galaxy Tablets please complete our Maths Week 2021 post survey.

Over 500 teachers have completed this survey. If you have, thank you. If you haven't the survey will only take 5 minutes and it is an integral part of evaluating the impact of Maths Week 2021. It will help us to provide bigger, better and more tailored services going forward. Take the survey here.
Maths Week 2021 in Numbers
  • 79 % of teachers engage with Maths Week to raise pupil's awareness of the importance of maths in their lives and in their future, while 74% of teachers take part to encourage positive attitudes towards maths.
  • 72% of teachers find the Maths Week posters as a useful resource
  • 57% of teachers believe Maths Week will improve a pupils' attitude towards the subject
  • 54% of teachers believe Maths Week allows them to try new ideas in their classroom
  • 51% of teachers believe Maths Week has a positive impact on their pupils
  • Going forward 89% of teachers would like to see more resources for their students.
  • Almost 200 teachers said they were interested in sharing their own resources.
These surveys are very important to us and we will be considering very carefully how we can take your views and suggestions and make Maths Week even better for all!

It’s not too late to have your voice heard by completing our post-survey to be in with a chance to win one of three Samsung Galaxy tablets!

Maths Week across the water!
 We want to extend our congratulations to our friends at
Maths Week Scotland and Maths Week England who celebrated their Maths Weeks recently. 

Maths Week Scotland, which is in its forth year, ran 27 September-3 October and had over 75,000 participants. 

Maths Week England, now in its third year, ran from 8-12 November and they have reported reaching 1 million people this year. 

We look forward to close cooperation in the years ahead. 

Have you visited our on demand page yet?
Find some Maths Week TV shows, Maths in storybooks and Maths magic trick videos, which are available all year around!

Check out the videos here.
Have You Got Maths Eyes?
2021 is the 10th annual Maths Week Maths Eyes competition. Details for this ever-popular competition are available on the Maths Eyes website.
There are categories for all ages and you can browse previous entries on their website. 
Entries can be made here until the end of the month!


We have added Irish Sign Language translation to some of our on demand recorded videos from Maths Week TV. There is a selection of shows suitable for primary and secondary students. 
All the videos can be found on the Maths Week website here
Robinson Lecture Event and Dome show "Birth of Planet Earth" 
Wednesday 24 November 2021
Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Details & tickets available here

Irish Applied Maths Teacher Association Annual Conference 2021
27th November 2021
Details and booking available here

Winter Solstice 
21 December 3.59pm 2021
Watch Newgrange live stream here

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Maths News

THE Awards nomination for Maths Week

Waterford Institute of Technology has been shortlisted for the THE Awards (Times Higher Education Awards) in the Widening Participation and Outreach category. The THE Awards are widely known as the “Oscars of higher education”. The nomination recognises the achievements of WIT’s Calmast STEM Engagement Centre for organising Maths Week Ireland. 
The awards ceremony will be held in London on 25 November.   
Congratulations, Colm!
We wish to extend our congratulations to long-time friend of Maths Week, Colm Mulcahy, who has been appointed Adjunct Professor, School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Waterford Institute of Technology. 
We look forward to continuing our work with Colm.  

The Irish government has just launched plans to stimulate a national conversation on research and science. 

Creating our Future aims to build on the success of research and science in our battle against Covid-19 and ask the public how we can shape a better Ireland through research and science.The conversation will begin in July and will run until November and will be overseen by an Advisory Forum, which was convened  by Minister Simon Harris. 

The programme will be managed by SFI and we would encourage people to get involved and in particular would urge people to voice the importance of mathematics and its applications. 

See here for more details

The Maths Map of Ireland
The Maths Map of Ireland is an exciting new project from Maths Week Ireland and the ESB. The project will see the creation of a Maths Map; to include historical places and people relevant to maths; maths trails and contemporary maths figures and places of interest. 

If you have any ideas what you would like from this service or are interested in contributing please email with the subject MATHS MAP. 

DCBEAGLE Challenges

BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK – Maths Week Ireland

Douglas Buchanan ~ ~ ~ @dcbeagle1


Reflecting on Maths Week Ireland 2021

Once again, I had the privilege of presenting during Maths Week, sadly only through ZOOM, and it is always enjoyable meeting the “young mathematicians” and the staff. The question one asks is, “Why do we have such festivals and are they necessary?”

For me, it allows me, as a teacher, to question the teaching of maths in my classroom and whether change is needed. Was it a waste of time or was it just “ticking the boxes”?


Teacher’s observation:

“During the week did I see mood changes during the lessons? Yes, and they were positive, why? The teaching methods and the approach to the lessons were different so the question is, “Did the young mathematicians learn anything?”


There was more enthusiasm and interaction. I welcome that but I would never get through the curriculum during the academic year if such activities are introduced in many of the lessons.”

Yes, that may be the case that certain topics would only be skimped over but if you did finish the curriculum were the pupils “with you all the way”? This could be judged by the commitment and the behaviour in the classroom


My observation:

Maths learning is a cognitive process and the less recording done the better which leads to an improvement of the numerical skills of young people. Much of the typical maths lesson is more of a handwriting exercise or filling in the boxes. Doing practical work through puzzling, conundrums and apparatus is more effective.

The more oral work and puzzling will help children who have problems like dyslexia. The pupils may not complete the puzzle but what effective processing did they experience, were they committed, did they feel they failed?


This is a wonderful debate and if anybody would like to discuss my thoughts do feel free to contact me.


Resources for homework / “wet” breaks / enjoyment

Number Boggle – a great way to develop addition and subtraction skills.
Make 24 – four values are given and using them all, and any of the basic operations, the solution has to be 24. Adults: try 3 3 8 8 to make 24!!
Maths Fun with Board Games
Trantrix – traditional tile activity which will develop spacial awareness and strategies – great site for Sudoku-type activities and there is a section of puzzles for young people such as a 4 x 4 Sudoku grid
Murderous Maths – an entertaining website with several practical projects such as making flexagons and looking at magic squares. Kjartin Poskitt’s video shows are great fun.


Setting up a Maths Board

With the advantage of the internet you and, more importantly, your pupils, can look for interesting articles and facts involving maths and they can be presented on the Maths Board.

Did you know: “In a room of 23 people there’s a 50% chance that two people have the same birthday.” Test it out!


Happy Christmas – not quite!

I have found several websites offering maths activities related to the Christmas Theme. These can be found at the bottom of the Maths Links page of my website.


Final words

I do hope you have an enjoyable and safe second half of term.

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