Maths Month North Yorkshire Coast is Back!!

Maths Month North Yorkshire Coast is an annual event which aims to encourage people to engage with maths and numeracy – raising aspirations. At the heart of Maths Month is the aim to change the perception that not being good at maths is ‘OK’; that it’s only for people who intend to pursue a related education and/or career in maths.

The first Maths Month was held in March 2019 across schools, informal settings and in the wider community in North Yorkshire Coast. We are therefore very pleased to announce that we are back again this March 2020! With more events, speakers to engage with and activities to get involved in.


Parents, Families and the Community
Find out how to support your child with maths and about the Maths Month
events open to the whole community!

Running Your Own Event
Find advice and resources for running your own event in your school, library, museum or community centre.

Register Your Event
Whatever event you decide to run for Maths Month, let us know about it here!

If you use twitter, then be sure to share your experiences with #MathsMonth

Menu of Events and Activities

The North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area is offering the following free events and activities for schools and settings to sign-up to.

The following list only contains events and activities confirmed to date. This list will be continually updated as more events and activities are finalised.

If you use twitter, then be sure to share your experiences of these events with #MathsMonth

Transport and Cover Costs

The Opportunity Area is also offering 50% travel subsidy for schools and settings bringing pupils to attend events.

If you would like to apply for subsidy, please contact by the 28th of February with estimated travel costs.

There is also capacity for the Opportunity Area to reimburse schools for cover costs for members of teaching staff. Please contact for more information.


Launch Event
We will have a launch event for Maths Month 2020. Further details coming soon! Please email if you would like to come along.

Date: 4th March

Venue: The Street, Scarborough

Audience: Teachers and the general public

Andrew Jeffreys – ‘The Magic of Maths Show’

The Magic of Maths show was developed to show children the joy, patterns and surprise that mathematics has to offer. Delivered with fun and lots of laughter -the key messages are Maths is enjoyable, it is based on patterns and structures, it’s ok not to understand at first, and everything is easy once you can do it!

Date: 17th March (Whitby) Reception/Y1: 9:30am – 10:30am, Y3/Y4: 11am – 12:15pm, Y5/Y6: 1:15pm – 2:30pm

18th March (Scarborough) Reception/Y1: 9:30am – 10:30am, Y3/Y4: 11am – 12:15pm, Y5/Y6: 1:15pm – 2:30pm – Scarborough shows are now fully booked

Venue: Sports Hall, Whitby Sixth Form College and YMCA Theatre Scarborough

Audience: Primary students

Craig Barton

Misconceptions in Maths

Craig Barton has been teaching maths for 15 years. He is the Head of Education at Eedi, the TES Maths Adviser, the author of the best-selling “How I was I’d taught maths”, the host of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, and the creator of,, and

Date: 10th March 4pm – 6pm

Venue: Scalby School

Flamingo Land Maths Trail

Flamingo Land working with students from George Pindar School have designed a Maths Trail to support Maths Month and invite families who are visiting Flamingo Land to have a go.

Date: Over the course of March

Venue: On site at Flamingo Land

Audience: All

Katie Steckles

The Mathematics of Paper
The humble sheet of paper has almost infinite mathematical potential. Mathematician Katie Steckles will demonstrate some of her favourite mathematics concepts, and share some fun puzzles using both real and imaginary pieces of paper. With opportunities to participate in your seat, Katie will reveal the mathematical secrets hiding within household stationery.

Date: 19th March – TBC

Venue: Whitby School and Community Centre and Scarborough venue – TBC

Audience: KS1 and KS2

Kjartan Poskitt – Murderous Maths Show
The best-selling author of the Murderous Maths book series brings his fun-filled shows to Whitby and Scarborough. These promise to be exciting events for primary school children in Years 3 – 6.

Click here to find out more!

: Whitby – 12th of March between 10am – 11:15am and 1pm – 2:15pm. Scarborough – 11th of March between 10am – 11:15am and 1pm – 2:15pm – Scarborough shows are now fully booked.

Venue: Whitby Pavilion (12th March) and YMCA Theatre Scarborough (11th March)

Audience: Shows are suitable for children in Years 3-6 of all abilities

Lego Education Mindstorm

LEGO Education Mindstorm. Pupils in these in-school sessions will be calculating distances and degrees for different movements for the LEGO Mindstorm robots. The focus would be calculations for purpose. The Mindstorms provide a reason for the calculations because the robots would be put on a map of space and they would need to be programmed to move to the different areas of the galaxy accurately.

Date: 16th March

Venue: Whitby and Scarborough (in-schools)

Audience: KS2

Libraries: Kathy Seabrook

A Fun Music Session delivered by Kathy Seabrook. She will incorporate a pre-school friendly focus on numbers and counting (ticking the maths element) and will do this through number songs such as 5 little ducks, 5 speckled frogs, 1,2,3,4,5, and will incorporate counting with drums and shakers too.

Date: 4th March 10:30am – 11:30am (Filey), 13th March 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Scarborough), 20th March 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Eastfield), 27th March 10:30am – 11:30am (Whitby), 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Newby & Scalby), 28th March 10:30am – 11:30am (Derwent Valley Bridge)

Audience: Pre-School

Maths on Toast – Festival of Triangles Teacher Training Day
An event for teachers on how to run the Festival of Triangles; a programme of hands on fun maths activities for students culminating in a family evening for parents, carers, children and teachers.

Click here to find out more!

Date: 10th February between 9am – 3pm

Venue: Downe Arms, Wykeham, Scarborough

Audience: Teachers interested in finding out how to run their own fun Maths Month Events

Sumdog: Maths On-line Competition
As part of the North Yorkshire Coast Maths Month, pupils are invited to practise maths, have fun and compete against other classes to become the North Yorkshire Coast Sumdog Champions!

Click here to find out more!

Dates: The competition will run from the 6th – 12th of March.
Audience: Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 are likely to get the most benefit from using Sumdog.

Times Tables Rock Stars: Maths Competition
Does your class rock the most?

Times Tables Rock Stars are running a rocktastc times tables off between 23rd March – 27th March!

Click here to find out more!

Dates: The competition will run from the 23rd – 27th of March
Audience: Primary school pupils learning their times tables

Orienteering around Scarborough

Scarborough Job Match, Scarborough Museum Trust and Wooden Creative invite families and young people to take part in an orienteering activity taking place in the town centre to support Maths Month.

Date: 21st March – 29th March

Venue: In the Town Centre and South Bay

Audience: All

Pi on the Beach

Celebrating National Pi Day, Scarborough Sixth Form will explain Pi using buckets, spades and sandcastles!

Date: 11th or 12th March – TBC depending on tide times

Venue: Scarborough Beach, North Shore

Audience: Open to everyone

Rob Eastaway – ‘Cheating, Competing & Coca Cola Show’
Rob Eastaway is Director of Maths Inspiration a national programme of interactive maths lecture shows for teenagers.

A famous Coca Cola advertisement used the line “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony”. Yet Coca Cola and Pepsi have been competing viciously with each other for decades. Collaboration and competition are everywhere around us, and mathematics and game theory can tell us a lot about why peace, harmony and love are not quite as easy to achieve as the songs might suggest.

Click here to find out more!

Date: 12th March between 10:45am – 12pm
Audience: Year 12/13 studying STEM subjects

Venue: YMCA Theatre Scarborough

Tagtiv8 – Interactive Maths Games for Primary Schools

Interactive Maths games for Primary Schools

Date: March TBC

Venue: Primary Schools – TBC

Audience: KS1 and KS2

Zoe Griffiths: Think Maths – Shapes and Smoke Rings
Zoe will be delivering her Shapes and Smoke Rings show in Whitby and Scarborough. This show explores topology, an extension of geometry that allows shapes and surfaces to be stretched as much as you want and is not limited by our normal three dimensions.

Click here to find out more!

Dates:  10th – 13th of March in-School

Audience: Year 7/8 students of all ability levels.

Please contact for more information and to book your place without delay!