Liverpool is going maths crazy on Friday 7 July – with schools, nurseries, children’s centres, museums, cafes and even shopping centres involved in a range of activities.
The aim of the city’s second annual Maths Party Day is to celebrate numeracy and show people of all ages aspects of the subject they may never have seen before.
It is part of the Liverpool Counts initiative to raise standards, spearheaded by the Liverpool Learning Partnership which was set up by school and education leaders to prioritise the needs of learners.
Over 150 schools will be taking part in the day’s activities, workshops and party celebrations and all pupils will have access to a ‘virtual’ party bag of activities they can do at home.
Museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural organisations will have maths trails for children at their venues, including the Everyman and Unity theatres.
It is planned to be a rich learning experience for all students and an enjoyable day, and the highlights include:
• Maths Time and Rhyme Times for pre-schoolers at Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE at 11:30 am and 1:30pm, supported by teaching students from Liverpool Hope University
Although exam results have improved in Liverpool over the last decade, performance in maths still lags behind English and recent changes to the GCSE examination means it now incorporates many topics that were previously confined to the A level paper.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for schools, Councillor Nick Small, said: “Despite huge improvements in attainment in Liverpool over the last decade, maths is an area where pupils still lag behind the rest of the country.
“Good numeracy skills are an increasingly important part of many skilled jobs and essential to everyday life as an adult. It’s not about becoming a mathematician – it’s about being able to understand your payslips and bills, or get the best shopping or banking deals.
“The maths party is about making numeracy accessible and fun and showing that is not just about what you do in maths lessons but in what you do at home as well.”
Parents are also being encouraged to get involved as Children’s Centres will give out party bags to youngsters containing mathematical activities they can use with mum and dad at home, while those with older children have access to a “virtual bag” which they can use as a family.
It comes hot on the heels of a highly successful Dragon’s Den maths competition and awarding of the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark to another 20 schools in the city. Elaine Rees, Chief Executive of Liverpool Learning Partnership, said: “We are looking to Friday, building on the success of last year, ensuring that numeracy is championed across the city.
“It’s a great opportunity for all of us to celebrate the role and purpose of maths in our everyday lives.”
A list of the community events for the Maths Party can be found here.