International Day of Mathematics

The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide event that takes place annually on 14 March. The day aims to celebrate and highlight the importance of maths in the world, especially the role it plays in breakthroughs in science and technology. For more information about the event, please visit the IDM website.

This year MEI and AMSP are joining the celebration by providing new free resources for students from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5. The theme of the year is “Maths for a Better World” and we will be looking at this theme while considering our chocolate eating habits.


Key Stage 2

This set of resources focuses on the distance that chocolate bars have to travel, starting from where the cocoa beans are grown all the way to chocolate factory where our favourite bars are made. The lesson is focused on problem solving involving measures, time and averages.

Key Stage 3 - 5

The AMSP has developed three sets of resources for Key Stage 3 - 5, with themes including Fairtrade Chocolate, the environmental impact of Easter egg packaging and cocoa farming and distribution. Each lesson includes mathematical topics relevant to their key stage group.

Design a poster competition

We are also running a poster competition, with one winner picked from each key stage group.

Turing Tumble have kindly donated four of their kits as 1st prizes for the competition. These are a great way to explore logic and coding, and come with challenges that would be well placed in a maths classroom. There will also be some other smaller prizes available.

You can download the KS2 competition details here.

To download the KS3-5 competition details, please visit the AMSP webpage.