Fun With Numbers...magic maths!

Maths Fun

About the workshop

Ideal for a maths week, rewards day or just for something different to inspire the children.

A great way to get them applying their maths skills in an exciting and fun way.

Everyone wants to know how a magic trick works and these tricks have been specially selected because they use mathematical principles to create puzzling and sometimes stunning effects.

This workshop can be a vehicle for:

  • improving mental maths.
  • problem solving.
  • practising numeracy skills.
  • stimulating further interest in mathematics.
  • encouraging team working.
  • helping to improve concentration.
  • helping to build self confidence, speaking and presentational skills.
  • having fun.

Even children who don't like maths will be engaged and joining in!

Workshop photos

Children making number cards

These children are making a set of number cards to use in a magic square. The children get to keep the cards they make at the end of the workshop.

Boy writing out a string of numbers

A volunteer writing out a string of numbers which he is making up as he goes along. These will be used in a sum to produce an answer which then cracks a secret code. Exciting stuff!

Girls writing instructions

Taking notes can be useful as some of the insructions need to be thought about carefully. Writing the instructions down helps to get the process firmly in place.

Boys solving a maths problem

Although these boys are doing calculations on paper there is also quite a bit of mental maths involved too. Dice and playing cards are also used.

Children writing

Practice makes perfect. Once you know the method its best to have a go yourself and test the theory. Once you have proved it works there is no holding you back.

Performing a number trick

This one is a bit like pairs with the cards all face down. The numbers on them are concealed and yet when apparently randomly selected cards are picked up and their values added together the answer has already been secretly written down. Wow!

Rapid maths demonstration

Rapid maths! How did he do that? He added up six random numbers in his head before we had even picked up our calculators. These children are about to find out how to amaze their friends with their mathematical genius.

Ron giving an explanation

There are some very well known number tricks which are fairly easy to do once you know how. Listening carefully to the explanation and remembering the steps are key to getting it right.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Maths Workshop take place in a classroom?
Yes, or the school hall for larger groups.
Can the whole school be involved?
Whilst primarily for KS2 we can involve the infants by putting on a short magical performance with some number content.
What does the school need to supply?
White board, tables, chairs and writing materials.
What happens in the workshop?
An effect is demonstrated, the children are challenged to say how they think it works, the effect is explained and demonstrated. The children then have a go themselves.
What size groups can you work with?
One class at a time is preferred but classes can double up. It also possible if absolutely necessary to work with three classes at the same time.
How long does a session last?
Each session lasts approximately sixty minutes but timings can be changed to fit more groups in or extended.

Comments (6)

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Mrs Marsh says...
Ron Wood visited our school for a whole school maths day. He worked with children from year one to year six. It was absolutely fantastic. The children were excited, enthused and inspired to learn more! It was great to see the children having so much fun with maths. Lots of the children shared the tricks with their families. A super day, with lots of variation. Thankyou
14th November 2013 10:39pm
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Natalie Connor says...
The session with P7 today was great, the kids loved it and will be practicing the tricks on their classmates who missed it!
18th March 2013 3:16pm
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Miss MIchelle Watson says...
This was a very enjoyable workshop that sparked an interest in number in all of my pupils.
18th March 2013 1:25pm
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Samantha Tummon says...
Thank you Ron, for showing my year 5's that maths can be fun, enjoyable and useful. The children really enjoyed it.
27th November 2012 11:20pm
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Tiffany Christian says...
Thank you to Ron for coming into the classroom for Magic Maths during Numeracy Week. My year 3's were very excited and couldn't wait to try out the magic tricks at home. Very engaging, and enjoyable.
27th November 2012 1:42pm
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