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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
Links to the Challenge can be found in your Early Years & Primary Campaign Guide.
Your Big Number Natter resources
Everything you need to plan your Big Number Natter: