Category Archives: Mathematics and Numeracy

Out to Play CPD Sessions – October 2019

“I hadn’t realised the power of imagination within outdoor learning”

Eco Drama is delivering 3 Out to Play CPD sessions for primary school teachers and education practitioners at venues in Glasgow and Paisley this October on the following dates/times:

  1. Monday 21st October, 3.30-5.30pm – Jordanhill School, Glasgow
  2. Tuesday 22nd October, 3.30-5.30pm – Kibble Education Centre, Paisley
  3. Thursday 24th October, 10-12noon – Glenburn Resource Centre, Paisley

The session will introduce the Out to Play project, supporting primary school teachers and education practitioners to engage further with outdoor learning and make imaginative use of school playgrounds using drama and storytelling. This 2 hour practical session costs £45 pp which includes a hard copy of Eco Drama’s latest resource ‘Let’s Go…Out to Play!‘.

There are a limited number of places left on each of the dates. To find out more information and book a place, please email

“Best CPD event I have been to in ages.” Catriona Brown, Battlefield Primary

“Fantastic workshop. Ben is inspirational.” Jane Johnston-Smith, Eaglesham Primary

Messy Maths: An outdoor, playful approach

Children in Scotland CLPL

Messy Maths: An outdoor, playful approach
Friday, 14 September 2018 – Edinburgh  

When children have opportunities to play with loose parts, their creativity, imagination and ability to problem-solve becomes evident. It provides the ideal context for exploring and developing mathematical concepts.

In this practical course (half of which will take place outdoors), you will explore the rationale behind using outdoor play as a key approach to building the foundations of maths, along with a host of practical ways of making this happen

How much does it cost?

Costs start at £79 for Children in Scotland members and £99 for non-members.

How can I find out more and book my place?

By phoning us on 0131 313 8828
By emailing

Arts,Science,Tech & Digital collide! #STEAMSymposium @ BALTIC in Gateshead 9 / 10 Sep

Please join us for the STEAM Symposium at The Baltic where we will explore, share and showcase what happens when the arts, science, tech and digital collide!    Tickets £25  &  £35.  Full details below.  Please share, and forward to those you think this might be of interest.

The Big Draw


Do You Know a Child Who Loves to Draw?

National Numeracy is partnering with Maths on Toast to launch their first summer holiday drawing competition. Children aged 13 and under are invited to design a number superhero. Entrants need to think about what qualities you need to be good at maths and how someone who is confident with numbers would think and act.

It’s open until Friday 16 September and all the information is available here. There are some great prizes up for grabs including Number Rumbler a brain-fizzing, fun game for families, and other maths goodies.

Tackling Serious Education Challenges through Creative Thinking – Showcase

You are invited to attend

The Creative Change Exhibition: Finale for the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas


We asked Scotland’s educators to bring their most complex challenges to the table, to find a Creative Catalyst who matched their needs, and develop their creative thinking together. Armed with new perspectives, fresh approaches, and unusual influences we hope to demonstrate that common education hurdles can be negotiated in innovative and inspiring ways through creative change – using curiosity, open mindedness, imagination and problem solving to influence the world around them and affect truly transformative change.


Come see, hear and experience how they got on. Some projects may not have worked, some may have raised more questions than they answered, but all have changed the way schools, nurseries and educators think.


The nine projects, which addressed a range of themes across primary, secondary and early learning will be showcased as part of the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas on 19th June in Stirling. Visit the website for a full programme, directions and to book your place:


The exhibition will be of interest to everyone involved in learning and teaching. It features:


Educational Challenges of all shapes and sizes


In the classroom

Generating ‘Willing’ Mathematicians, Teaching Fractions, Understanding and Supporting Dyscalculia


Across a whole school

Bullyproofing the School, Creating a Sustainable Creative Learning Hub, ‘The One That Never Got Started’


And the biggest challenges of all

Developing Resilience and Positive Attitudes to Change, Increasing Pupil and Parent Voice, Breaking the Cycle of Parental (non) Involvement


From Educators across Scotland


Angus – Forfar Academy

East Dunbartonshire – East Dunbartonshire Education Support Team, Oxgang Primary and Westerton Primary

Edinburgh – Dalry Primary

Glasgow – Kings Park Secondary, Knightswood Secondary and Wyndford Nursery


Working with Creative Catalysts from education, business and the arts


Scott Sherwood of Live Think Design, graphic facilitator Clare Mills, Paul Gorman of Hidden Giants, Sarah Derrick of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Lucinda Geoghegan of National Youth Choir of Scotland, Susan Hay of Ripple Arts, and Patrick Boxall of Create and Connect


If you are unable to come along but would like to be kept informed about our Creative Change work then please do get in touch to be put on our mailing list.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Stephen Bullock – Development Officer, Creativity

Julia Fenby – Education Officer, Creativity

Karen Lawson – Curator of Dangerous Ideas

CPD: w to teach Maths creatively, with former president of the UK Mathematics Association, Rob Eastaway

In this one-day training session learn how to make Maths creative and enjoyable for children, improving numeracy in and outside the classroom.

Responses to previous workshops:

“Many thanks for an excellent and inspirational morning. Our group of headteachers went away with a renewed passion for Maths.” 
– Primary maths consultant, Hampshire

“The best Maths course I’ve ever been on – a breath of fresh air.” 
– Secondary Maths teacher, Bromley


Secondary – Wednesday 4 February 2015

Primary – Thursday 5 February 2015

About Rob Eastaway

Rob has written and co-authored 11 books, including the bestselling collection Maths for Mums and Dads. He is the Director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of theatre-based lecture shows for older teenagers. He regularly appears on BBC radio commenting on Maths and Maths education. He is a former President of the Mathematical Association and has a degree in Engineering and Management Science from the University of Cambridge. He has three young children.

Who should attend 

This event is for teaching staff, early years practitioners and others involved in educating children and young people, as well as parents and carers.

To book visit:

Prices start from £115

New report on Assessing Creativity across many subjects available on Creativity Portal

Led by the University of Dundee and funded by Creative Scotland, this project gathered the views of three groups of professionals working within the expressive arts with the aim of identifying effective and innovative models of assessment of creativity. These models were documented and used to develop case studies in the format of a teaching resource for application across the whole curriculum. The resource was piloted and evaluated by the research and development team in collaboration with teachers and initial teacher education (ITE) providers.

Click here to find the downloadable file:

The project develops the links between arts organisations, schools and ITE providers through data collection; shared analysis and evaluation; and through the development, application and dissemination of findings. In this way stronger partnerships have been established as recommended in Teaching  Scotland’s  Future  (Donaldson  2010)

inGenious competition brings STEM classes to life

A new competition has been launched to inspire the most creative teaching minds to translate their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects into exciting classroom experiences.

The inGenious competition – co-ordinated in the UK by Futurelab at NFER – calls for all teachers in Europe to help their pupils better see the link between their passions, the set of skills which make them possible, and the education paths leading to those skills.

The inGenious competition is open to all teachers at primary and secondary school level. Applications are open until 28 February 2014, and 30 finalists will be invited to attend the inGenious European Award Ceremony in Brussels later in the year.

Look, Capture, Create – B is for Biodiversity and Beauty

4 June

During week 3 of the ‘Look, capture, create’ interdisciplinary learning experience we will be joined by a scientist/mathematician from Dundee University live in the Dundee Botanic Gardens to learn more about the importance of Scottish Biodiversity and how we can do simple things to help nature survive and grow. We will look in particular at the types and purposes of the beautiful patterns nature creates.

Find out more about this interdisciplinary learning experience below and visit the Look, Capture, Create Glow group here:

For full details of these and other events, please log in to Glow and view the current schedule:

(Glow log-in and password required).

Scottish Chamber Orchestra leads Maths learning

Orchestra visit adds up for pupils

Primary 7 pupils at Robert Owen Memorial Primary School, Lanark have spent the day with Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The full-day workshop was part of the new ‘Count me in’ interactive project run by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra which gives P6 and P7 pupils the opportunity to learn about maths whilst enjoying world class live performances from the SCO Brass players.

Designed in collaboration with maths teachers and supporting the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence, these cross-curricular workshops will take the students and their teachers through a range of maths concepts in the curriculum, using music as the theme and stimulus.