School of Mathematics

Host a Maths Circle at your School

Discover how to run a Maths Circle in your school.

The Edinburgh Maths Circle has been an immensely popular event over the past few years. In 2018, thanks to funding from the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust and Edinburgh City Council, we have begun a programme to spread the Maths Circle initiative widely across Scotland. 

Our aim is to loan our resources out to schools/communities and provide training and support so teachers/educators can host their own Maths Circle events at their schools or in their local communities. 

Borrow our resources

In the past years we have produced two boxes of resources, one for primary schools and one for early secondary schools. Each box contains a selection of about thirty problems, with accompanying hands-on resources. Thanks to funding from Maths Week Scotland we are currently able to post the resources to all Scottish schools FREE OF CHARGE. Each school can keep the resources for about a week and use them as apprepriate.

If you are interested in borrowing our resources please email mathscircle@maths.ed.ac.uk.

As an example, you can read about the Maths Circle hosted at Preston Street Primary School with our resources.

Attend our workshops

Would you like some guidance on how to use the resources? So far we have run more than ten workshops aimed at showing our resources to school teachers and giving them advice on how to use them in the classroom. These workshops have proven to be successful and very well received. The handout and slides from one of our face-to face teacher workshops are both available below. 

Due to the current situation, we are currently running our teacher workshops online. The next online workshop will take place on Thursday 18th November from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Attendance to our workshops is free but registration is required. Please clicjk on the link below to book a space:

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During these online workshop, we will give a brief introduction to our (now virtual) Maths Circles, and then we will explore some of the resources we use. We will also discuss how such resources can be used in the classroom and can spark curiosity and help children develop their mathematical thinking. 

Below you can find slides and handouts from one of our previous workshops.