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National Numeracy Day 2024 Secondary

Welcome to the toolkit for Secondary settings

Thank you for signing up to take part in National Numeracy Day on Wednesday 22 May!

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

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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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To help your planning:


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

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Download and print this bunting to decorate your school spaces or community areas, and get in the National Numeracy Day spirit.

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Smartboard displays

Use these 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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The Big Number Natter

The Big Number Natter is the UK's only nationwide conversation about numbers. It's an opportunity to talk about how we feel about maths and share our thoughts and experiences openly. Use these guides and resources to hold Big Number Natters with your students. Whether a Big Number Natter session in an assembly, or a Quick Number Natter in class, we've got everything you need to get everyone talking comfortably about numbers.

Download 'How to run Big Number Natter sessions' guide

Download 'Join the Conversation: Your Number Natter session slides' deck

Download 'Quick Number Natter Talking Points'

Download editable posters to promote your sessions

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Activities from the Royal Astrological Society

Time and space can be mind bending concepts, but numbers help us to make sense of them. Watch this fun and fascinating lesson starter with Bobby Seagull, Jessica Gagen and Dr Sheila Kanani from the RAS.   

Then, with these activities you can find out how long a year is on different planets, and travel through time using light speed. 

How old would you be on Jupiter?

Time Traveller worksheet

Dance with Strictly's Katya Jones

Strictly Come Dancing’s star Katya Jones is helping get the nation get number confident with some cowboy swagger! This activity helps boost children's number confidence using movement, and there’s nothing to stop the grown-ups joining in too!

Get baking with Peter Sawkins

Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins has created a recipe for the perfect scone! Don't fight over how to pronounce these delicious things, just get baking by using the download button below. You can also watch his video introduction on YouTube


Poetry slam with Harry Baker and Times Tables Rock Stars

Our master poet Harry visited Parbold Douglas Academy in Wigan to roll out his activity this year. What a day they had!

Watch the video, and download the resource pack for tips on how to create your own, teacher guidance, and certificates for participation!

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.

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.

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 2024 competition is now LIVE! Download your entry sheet now and get started.

Enter the competition in Welsh

Shakespeare and numbers

As one of the most famous wordsmiths in history, you may be surprised to be reading about Shakespeare on National Numeracy Day! But numbers played a key part in Shakespeare's work, as well as his life.

Rob Eastaway, author of Maths for Mums and Dads , shares some facts about how Shakespeare used numbers.

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National Numeracy Day Live – supported by Numberblocks

Catch up on National Numeracy Day LIVE: our interactive, space-themed, celebrity-led livestream!

Supported by CBeebies Numberblocks, the event is suitable for all children aged 3-11.

Bobby Seagull and Katya Jones

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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.

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Big Number Natter resources for teachers and staff

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 posters

Use these editable posters 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.


Tips for talking about numbers

Training Officer Ishraq Li-Rahman held a Number Natter with National Numeracy's own staff, and here shares his learnings and advice for holding your own.


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: