Liverpool loves maths!
LIVERPOOL is going maths crazy, on
Friday, 7 July 2017, with:- Schools, Nurseries, Children's Centres, Museums, Cafes and
even Shopping Centres, all getting involved in a range of activities.
The aim of the City's 2nd 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.
More than 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 both 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 11:30am and 1:30pm, supported by teaching students, from Liverpool Hope
► A Wigwam Maths Party at the Wigwam Café on Rose Lane in Mossley Hill including
number hunts, string challenge and challenges for grown ups, from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
► Games and activities at Gateacre School's Big Little Library at Belle Vale
Shopping Centre, from 1pm to 4pm.
► Let's Play Maths Games day at the Sugar and Dice board game cafe, on Cornhill,
within the City Centre.
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, Council lor 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
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