Creative Maths Workshops for Primary Schools

One of the UK’s leading providers of Creative Maths workshops to primary and secondary schools. Over 60,000 children and young people have taken part in one of our Creative Maths workshops in the last two years alone!

All of our maths workshops have been carefully designed to both put into context and actively promote the three keystones of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Tapping into pupils’ own creativity, our unashamedly fun workshops engage, motivate and, crucially, challenge the children and young people we work with.

Rooted in drama and storytelling, our maths activity days offer opportunities to practise skills with numbers, shapes and concepts in exciting, imaginative and interactive ways. All are differentiated for age – while some also offer the possibility of differentiating for ability within a single class. And all, of course, offer you and your colleagues the chance to experience some exciting new methodologies that can immediately and easily be adapted to other contexts.

And, to fully capitalise on the new approaches you’ll have seen in action, why not end your day with a Creative Maths Twilight for staff? Our CPD programmes are highly experiential and outcomes-driven, so you’ll have a chance to unpick what you’ve witnessed, try out some more new methodologies and take part in active, collaborative planning. And, by booking this at the end of a day of our workshops with pupils, you’ll get it all for a fraction of the usual price!

Download the Creative Maths leaflet here

The Pirate’s Challenge (UK Wide Best Seller!)

Having piratical fun with numbers and shapes for up to 60 students at a time! 

When Captain Richard Morgan arrives at school, he’ll be more than a little confused. Because just a few hours beforehand he’ll have been on his pirate vessel, The Good Ship Mathematics, in the middle of the Caribbean! Swept to your school by a Time Tornado, he’ll need the pupils’ help to get back to his own time and place. Are they up to the Challenge? And it’s a Challenge that will test their understanding of number, shape and direction to the max.

Exploring: both additive and multiplicative reasoning, fractions, number patterns, mental and written calculation, elimination, 2D and 3D shapes, measurement, interpreting data, positional language, co-ordinates.

“Captain Morgan character really engaged the children and provided a fun element to the day.  The day was really well organised and tasks were differentiated well.  The children gained a love of learning, resilience in problem solving, team work and an opportunity to ask questions. All of the staff were really positive about their workshop.  We had a great experience and would certainly be keen to book again!” (Maths Co-ordinator, Harvington First School)

“Thank you very much for our pirate day today! It was fantastic and the children absolutely loved it, as well as learning lots from their maths problems!” (Maths Co-ordinator, Kingsway Primary School)

Watch The Pirate’s Challenge in Action here


Captain Morgan and the Maths Monster

Using understanding of knowledge and shape to best a creature from the deep!

You’ve already helped Captain Richard Morgan crack The Pirate’s Challenge, so now he’s back with another mystery to solve – what exactly is the monster that’s been attacking the pirate village on Number Island? No-one’s ever seen it (it only comes out at night) – but it’s left plenty of clues in its wake. And by measuring its paw-print, examining its poo and analysing its bite, your pupils will be able to use our unique Shape Sets to create an accurate picture of the beast – and help Captain Morgan devise a cunning plan to defeat it!

This programme is perfect  for those schools who have already hosted and enjoyed the Pirate’s Challenge day and would like another pirate-themed maths day!

Exploring (according to age): measurements, number investigations, additive and multiplicative reasoning, time, positional language, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, problem solving.

Duration: 1 – 2½ hours, depending on how many classes

“Thanks very much for the pirate maths day with our children – which was thoroughly enjoyed!! They all came in wearing pirate bandanas today and we continued the pirate theme with both maths and literacy!” (Maths Co-ordinator, St Cecilia’s Infant School)

“The pupils really enjoyed the pirate’s challenge and the CSI: Maths. It really inspired our pupils to think creatively about Maths and encouraged group work and maths ‘talk’, having a pirate at school for the day was also a big hit!” (Maths Co-ordinator, All Saints Primary School)


 CSI: Maths – (UK-wide Best Seller!)

A series of challenging mysteries to engage your students and get them thinking logically

Combining murder mysteries and problem solvingCSI: Maths is one of our most popular programmes – offering pupils an opportunity to apply their skills in, and understanding of shape and measurement in a unique environment. These workshops have proved so successful that we’ve not only designed a version focusing on fractions, proportions, ratios and percentages (CSI: Bake Off) – but developed additional options that give children opportunities to practise their numeracy skills while learning new history content! Each workshop can accommodate up to 30 pupils per session and you can choose from:

CSI: Michaela Maths  (Years 3 – 6)
If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of one of her teammates, Michaela Maths, one of Britain’s most promising young athletes, would be dead – slain by an unseen hand! The police are baffled by the dastardly deed – and want the children’s help in solving it. Having been introduced to the crime scene, the suspects and their possible motives, pupils will work in teams to tackle a series of mathematical challenges. Each will lead to the elimination of a suspect – until, if all the calculations are correct, the criminal is unmasked.

CSI: Storyland (EYFS, KS1)
With the help of the elves, the Shoemaker’s fortunes have been restored – and all is well in Storyland. Until, that is, his precious last is stolen! Which of his neighbours could have taken it? After identifying and exploring the problem solving skills needed for crime scene investigation, pupils will collect the clues left at the scene – then use their sorting and sequencing skills to reveal the identity of the miscreant. Was it Goldilocks, the Billy Goats Gruff, Little Miss Muffet, the Little Pigs or Red Riding Hood? It’s up to you to find out!

CSI: Bake-Off (Years 1 – 6)
All is not well in the world of the Bake Off – one of the judges, Saul Pinewood, has had food poisoning – and he knows it wasn’t an accident! He’s narrowed the field down to six suspects – and hopes that pupils can use their understanding of fractions, percentages and measurements to help him take the final step.

CSI: Ancient Greek Maths (Years 4 – 6)
Mount Olympus is in turmoil – because someone has stolen Zeus’s thunderbolt! Acclaimed mathematician Pythagoras is on the trail of the culprit – but needs your help to put all the pieces together as you collate and interpret the data.

CSI: Saxon Maths (Years 4 – 6)
Alfred the Great has burnt the cakes … or has he? Test your understanding of number, shape and time as you help right the wrongs of history – and work out who framed him!

CSI: Olympics (Years 3 – 6)
This exciting new addition to our CSI: Maths range has been designed to support you in capitalising on the interest in the Rio Olympics and engage your pupils in some undercover maths. The team of Olympians from the tiny country of Berellia is in turmoil. They’re all cyclists, you see – and someone has sabotaged each and every one of their bikes! So children will have to delve deep into the murky underworld of the velodrome as they survey the crime scene, examine the evidence and sift through the suspects – all in a bid to crack The Case of the Criminal Cyclists!

Exploring (according to age and programme): sorting, sequencing, elimination, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, number patterns, fractions, percentages, 2D and 3D shapes, plans and elevations, measurement and units of measurement, collecting and interpreting data, positional language, time, problem solving.

Cross-Curricular Links: Literacy, Science, PE and Art.

“As part of our Maths week, all KS2 children in the School had the CSI:Maths workshop. The children were buzzing about it all week and realised that Maths can be fun! I would highly recommend it and would not hesitate to use you again in the future.” (Maths Teacher, St Benedict’s Primary)

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for our workshops last week with Jackson. The staff and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very happy with how Jackson worked with all the children. We will definitely be looking into some workshops for KS1 later in the year and will be recommending this to other schools that we work with!” (Jemima Smith, KS2 Manager, Brentside Primary Academy)


The Captain’s Conundrum  – Whole School 

A pirate-themed whole school maths challenge 

Captain Richard Morgan, of the Good Ship Mathematics, has a conundrum … he knows that there’s treasure to be found on Cloud Island, he has a map – and he has a set of clues. But they’re clues he can neither make head nor tail of. He’ll meet all the children at an assembly (or, if space does’t allow, two consecutive gatherings) and challenge them to conquer his conundrum.

During the course of the day, the Captain will give each year group an age-appropriate set of clues to unearth a particular piece of treasure – and warm them up with one of his piratical maths drama games. Then everyone reconvenes in a meeting (or two meetings) at the end of the day to share their findings – and advise the Captain on what to buy for his expedition. Content is in line with the National Curriculum requirements and will include different age-appropriate activities for each year group.

Exploring (according to age): both additive and multiplicative reasoning, fractions, number patterns, mental and written calculation, elimination, 2D and 3D shapes, measurement, interpreting data, positional language, co-ordinates.

“The children were very excited – there was a wonderful sense of enthusiasm all around and they continued to talk about the workshops all day! All the teachers I spoke to commented how nice it was to see the children applying their maths skills – and how great it was to have an opportunity to step back a little and reflect on the children’s problem solving and using and applying skills.” (Maths Co-ordinator, New Brighton Primary).

“Thank you for a wonderful day. Right across the school the children were fully engaged throughout.” (Maths Co-ordinator, Servite RC Primary School, London)


Murderous Maths 

Interactive problem solving for up to 180 pupils (with follow-up workshops for up to 90)

It’s exactly 100 years to the day since the grisly demise of Puffing Billy – and this unique workshop allows up to 180 children from Years 1 to 6 attempt to crack the case at the same time. After everyone’s been introduced to the crime scene, the victim and the suspects (and been armed with Evidence Booklets), children will take part in a series of age-differentiated challenges – revolving around such clues as omnibus tickets, diaries and timepieces. As pupils practise their maths skills, the suspects will be whittled down one by one – until only the criminal remains.

But there’s still more to do – because there’s yet another Maths Mystery to be unravelled. A job that will be undertaken in up to three follow-up workshops, each for up to 30 pupils.

Exploring (according to age): measurements, number investigations, additive and multiplicative reasoning, time, positional language, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, problem solving, angles, trajectories.

Duration: one day.

“Tidbury Green had a fantastic Maths day when Jackson visited us in March. The kids were so engaged by him and loved the different problem solving activities. Jackson was very accommodating so that some classes could have ‘The Pirate’s Challenge’ whilst others had ‘CSI Maths.’ Would definitely book with again! ” (Maths Co-ordinator, Tidbury Green Primary)

“5 *  – A huge thank you to Jackson and Chris for bringing Murderous Maths to River View Primary School! The children and staff really enjoyed the experience. It was a wonderful way to engage and motivate the children with problem solving and reasoning! We would definitely book again, thank you so much!” (Kathryn Marriott, Riverview Primary)


Maths through Stories – EYFS Programme

Everyone loves a story – and they’re full of a myriad of opportunities for children to explore and practice maths skills within contexts that make sense of the importance of number and shape.

Working with one of our mathematical storytellers, they’ll take a unique, magical and interactive journey through one of Julia Donaldson’s delightful books, exploring both the tale itself and the Maths of the world it contains, developing in mathematical fluency as they go. You can choose from The GruffaloTiddler, Room on the Broom or Stick Man – and all content is differentiated for age.

Exploring (according to age): sorting, sequencing, counting, number bonds, positional language, time, shapes.

Duration (depending on the number of groups we’re working with): 45 minutes to half a day.

Suitable for: EYFS

“Jackson was fantastic with the kids and they loved it. CSI is a great activity to get kids deep thinking and totally engaged. I would certainly recommend it!”  (David Thompson, Thomas Howard School)

“The children really enjoyed creative maths sessions. They were set at an appropriate level to allow the children to work in teams with little adult input. The sessions were linked to the current Topic themes though it was easy for the children to overlook the topic facts and head straight for the Maths questions” (Maths Co-ordinator, St Mary’s Primary, Yorkshire)


The Viking’s Quest

A lively, character based workshop posing students real life numeracy challenges 

Numbers, shapes and co-ordinates were all important to the Vikings – as your pupils will discover when Hagar the Hunter turns up in your school.  He’s been travelling for centuries – seeking help from anyone he meets. Because it won’t be till he cracks the Riddle of the Runes that he can release his village’s children from the clutches of a mighty dragon. By taking part in a series of interactive challenges, your children will be able to help him – but they’ll need to use all their problem solving skills!

Exploring: both additive and multiplicative reasoning, number patterns, fractions, percentages, measurement, positional language.

Cross-Curricular Links: Food Technology, English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography.

This programme could also be combined with our Time Travel Theatre History exploration of Viking life, time and culture. Get in touch for more details.

“All the children were constantly engaged and many commented on the blog afterwards how much they had enjoyed the session. It covered a huge range of skills without the children realising how much Numeracy they were doing! All the pupils could access it despite the huge range of abilities present.” (Maths Co-ordinator, Hawes Side Academy, Blackpool)

 “Really lovely sessions with very positive feedback from all children and staff” (Jennifer Trott, Cameron House School, London).

Outdoor Maths

Outdoor spaces provide wonderful opportunities to explore how numbers and shapes create both the built and natural worlds. So our engaging (and very active!) outdoor maths workshops, which feature a range of tried and tested al fresco activities, bring home the relevance of numeracy to our everyday lives – and provide lots of scope for problem solving too!

We have developed low-input exercises for all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6, including Investigative Maths Bingo (Outdoors!), Mathematical DrawingsDesign Your Own Maths Trails and the Big Maths Game. One of the best things about all of these activities is that they’re easy to replicate and adapt – meaning that you and your colleagues will have a whole new bank of resources to play with! Find out more about our Outdoor learning work here. 

Exploring (depending on time, age and group size): maths-in-context, maths language, number investigations, additive and multiplicative reasoning, number sequences and patterns, shape investigations, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, positional language, measurements, data collection, presentation and interpretation.

Duration: different activities require different amounts of time – so we’ll work with you in designing a timetable appropriate to your needs.

And Don’t Forget … we’re also experienced in designing and delivering Outdoor Maths CPD programmes for teachers, including twilights, half days and full days!

“All the pupils from Nursery to Year 6 enjoyed exploring how much fun Maths can be outdoors. All pupils were engaged and enthusiastic about Maths. Jo delivered an after school family outdoor activity, which was a great way to engage parents and carers. Would definitely book again. Thank you.” (Maths Teacher, Kirkdale St Lawrence C of E Primary School)

“Thanks for a great course today Jo @ascreatives. I’m sitting in the sunshine planning my first of many weeks of outdoor learning.” (Class Teacher, Homerswood Primary)


Maths Twilight (add on workshops for staff)

To fully capitalise on the new approaches you’ll have seen in action, why not end your day with a Creative Maths Twilight for staff? Our CPD programmes are highly experiential and outcomes-driven, so you’ll have a chance to unpick what you’ve witnessed, try out some more new methodologies and take part in active, collaborative planning. And, by booking this at the end of a day of our workshops with pupils, you’ll get it all for a fraction of the usual price!

“The Maths Trail you designed for us has proved a great hit with both staff and children!” (Deputy Headteacher, Primary Education Centre)

“It was great to see how easily the ideas could be adapted and injected into all maths teaching. Most ‘maths’ courses are boring – but this one definitely wasn’t!” (KS3 Maths Leader, St Cuthbert’s Business and Enterprise College, St Helens)


More than 40,000 pupils in schools across the UK have already benefitted from our unique Creative Maths workshops – so why not bring them to your school!

Get in touch:

To find out more or to book a Creative Maths workshop please contact us on 0151 708 8886, or email Jo Stokes at

Download the Creative Maths leaflet here



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