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National Numeracy Day 2023 Early Years & Primary

Welcome to the toolkit for Early Years & Primary

Thank you for signing up to take part in National Numeracy Day!

The big day was 17 May but you can take part in everything for the rest of the month.

With your support, we can help more children than ever build their skills and confidence with numbers.

Download Early Years & Primary Campaign Guide

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First things first!

To get the most out of your toolkit, please read our handy Campaign Guide. It contains information about our National Numeracy Day activities and the different ways you can get involved.

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Letter and email templates

Download these editable templates to help you spread the word and let staff, parents and carers know what you have planned for National Numeracy Day.

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Posters and smartboard displays

Use these posters and smartboard displays around your nursery, school or youth group to get everyone talking about National Numeracy Day and the Number Heroes Competition.

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National Numeracy Day Live

WHAT? Bobby Seagull and Katya Jones hosted 30-minutes of non-stop number fun with West Ham United Foundation and BBC CBeebies Numberblocks in celebration of National Numeracy Day!

WHEN? Watch the recording anytime on the event page.

HOW? Download Bobby's Big Number Fun Quiz Sheet and answers from the event page.

Visit the event page

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Number Heroes Competition

Create a picture of you doing your dream job or hobby and tell us how it uses numbers. Let your imagination run wild and win a fantastic prize for yourself and a prize bundle for your nursery, school or youth group.

The 2023 competition is now closed. Winners will be contacted on or before 23 June 2023, and runners-up will be contacted on or before 5 July 2023.

Find out more about the competition

Celebrity ambassador activities

All the downloadable activities below are up to date, but we're still working on the new videos. 

In the meantime, you can see and enjoy last year's videos below.

Numbers and rap with Harry Baker

Poet and mathematician Harry Baker is back with his number rapping! Last year, children up and down the country had huge fun rapping along with Harry and making up their own rhymes. Have a go with Harry's downloadable activity sheet.

Numbers and dancing with Katya Jones

Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones will once again be helping the nation get number confident with her dynamite dance moves. In a hip-swinging activity that is sure to get even the most number shy shimmying, Katya will be helping children boost their number confidence by using movements. There’s nothing to stop the grown-ups joining in too!

Baking fun with Peter Sawkins

Great British Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins tells us all about his secret baking ingredient... numbers! This year, Peter has shared an easy to make, oven-less recipe, perfect for home or school. Find out how to make his delicious rocky road bars this National Numeracy Day - use the download button to get the recipe sheet and follow along using his video!

Number confidence tips for children from Rachel Riley

Countdown's resident arithmetician shares four fantastic tips that anyone can use to build their confidence with math and numbers. It's not always easy to get the hang of maths at school and that's where remembering these tips comes in handy.

Money activities from Mr MoneyJar

Finance expert and podcaster Timi Merriman-Johnson, aka Mr MoneyJar, has created a set of resources to help children learn about savings, in a fun and imaginative way. It’s not about having lots of money, but about learning to use what you do have wisely – a subject dear to Timi’s heart.

NumBots Bot Bingo!

Bot Bingo is a fun, interactive, downloadable game from Maths Circle that can be played in the classroom.

Who will be the first to call "BOT BINGO!"?

Bot Bingo is a fun and engaging way for students to build core maths skills starting from the basics with subitising. Subitising is the ability to recognise small quantities of objects without counting. With Bot Bingo, as well as subitising, numbers are shown in familiar pictorial representations, including bar models and cherries. Students need to recognise the number and find it on their Bot Bingo card. Suitable from age 5 to 95!

Download game

NumBots Bot Bingo

Activities from the Numberblocks!

This year we've teamed up with Numberblocks to bring you a host of amazing activities for under 5s.

Let's dance with the Numberblocks!

Strictly Come Dancing champion Katya Jones teaming up with the Numberblocks to get you building your number confidence through movement and rhythm. 

Download all the activities below...  

Fifteen's minute of fame

Who is hiding with Ten in each Numberblock




Fifty is a rock and roll superstar

Count up the 5s as you colour them in.


Sky high fives

Can you find the fives hiding in these times tables? 

Sky high

Five and friends are on stage

Which number is missing? 


Five and friends 

All these numbers are made up of 'five and a bit'. Show how they're made by colouring them in. 

five and friends

From the National Numeracy Day archives

Lauren Child Story Time

For National Numeracy Day 2020, Lauren Child read her book One Thing from the Charlie and Lola series for us. Watch along here!

For adults:

Promoting the National Numeracy Challenge

The National Numeracy Challenge is an online tool that builds numeracy skills and confidence, with 300+ everyday maths questions and tutorials, multimedia resources, technology that adapts to individual learning levels and signposting to further support.

The Challenge is the perfect way to boost the number confidence of anyone over the age of 13, all year round, and is a great next step after you have had a Big Number Natter.

Download graphics to promote the Challenge 

Links to the Challenge can be found in your Early Years & Primary Campaign Guide.

Facebook image to promote the National Numeracy Challenge

Your Big Number Natter resources

Everything you need to plan your Big Number Natter: 

Plan your session

Get started planning your Big Number Natter sessions with these notes for organisers. Then get stuck in to all the other resources.



Big Number Natter poster

Use this editable poster to promote your sessions.



Your Number Natter Slides

Hold a 15-30 minute session using these slides, provided with presenter notes.



Quick Number Natter talking points

Use these ideas to spark a less formal conversation about numbers.



Ideas for Number Nattering on social media

Use these ideas to encourage everyone to follow up on your session with some social media ideas for individual Number Natters.



Find out how to talk about numbers

Get some expert help from our Training Officer Ishraq Li-Rahman. 

Read the blog


Be sure to tag us in any social media activity and use #NationalNumeracyDay so we can see and share what you're up to! You can find us on: