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Stone Age Counting

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

What could these drawings, found in a cave in Spain, represent?

Mathematical Symbols

Age 5 to 14

A brief article written for pupils about mathematical symbols.

History Mystery

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you identify the mathematicians?

An Introduction to Magic Squares

Age 7 to 16

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

Clever Carl

Age 7 to 14

What would you do if your teacher asked you add all the numbers from 1 to 100? Find out how Carl Gauss responded when he was asked to do just that.

Fibonacci's Three Wishes 1

Age 7 to 14

First or two articles about Fibonacci, written for students.

History of Money

Age 5 to 14

If you would like a new CD you would probably go into a shop and buy one using coins or notes. (You might need to do a bit of saving first!) However, this way of paying for the things you want did. . . .

The Secret World of Codes and Code Breaking

Age 7 to 16

When you think of spies and secret agents, you probably wouldn’t think of mathematics. Some of the most famous code breakers in history have been mathematicians.

St Ives

Age 7 to 11

As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks and wives, how many were going to St. . . .

History of Fractions

Age 7 to 14

Who first used fractions? Were they always written in the same way? How did fractions reach us here? These are the sorts of questions which this article will answer for you.

Coordinates and Descartes

Age 7 to 16

Have you ever wondered how maps are made? Or perhaps who first thought of the idea of designing maps? We're here to answer these questions for you.


Age 7 to 14

Read this article to find out about the discoveries and inventions of Archimedes.

Maurits Cornelius Escher

Age 7 to 14

Have you ever noticed how mathematical ideas are often used in patterns that we see all around us? This article describes the life of Escher who was a passionate believer that maths and art can be. . . .

History of Measurement

Age 7 to 14

This article tells you all about some early ways of measuring as well as methods of measuring tall objects we can still use today. You can even have a go at some yourself!

Maths in the Victorian Classroom

Age 7 to 14

What was it like to learn maths at school in the Victorian period? We visited the British Schools Museum in Hitchin to find out.

Weigh to Go

Age 5 to 11

This article for teachers recounts the history of measurement, encouraging it to be used as a spring board for cross-curricular activity.

A History of Astronomy

Age 7 to 11

Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.

Measure for Measure

Age 5 to 11

This article, written for students, looks at how some measuring units and devices were developed.

Going Places with Mathematicians

Age 7 to 14

This article looks at the importance in mathematics of representing places and spaces mathematics. Many famous mathematicians have spent time working on problems that involve moving and mapping. . . .

What Did Turing Do for Us?

Age 7 to 18

Dr James Grime takes an Enigma machine in to schools. Here he describes how the code-breaking work of Turing and his contemporaries helped to win the war.

History of Morse

Age 7 to 18

This short article gives an outline of the origins of Morse code and its inventor and how the frequency of letters is reflected in the code they were given.

The Art of Celtic Knots

Age 7 to 11

This article gives a taste of the mathematics of Celtic knots.

Circles, Circles Everywhere

Age 7 to 14

This article for pupils gives some examples of how circles have featured in people's lives for centuries.

The Moving Planets

Age 7 to 14

Mathematics has always been a powerful tool for studying, measuring and calculating the movements of the planets, and this article gives several examples.

Shaping up with Tessellations

Age 7 to 14

This article describes the scope for practical exploration of tessellations both in and out of the classroom. It seems a golden opportunity to link art with maths, allowing the creative side of your. . . .

Leonardo of Pisa and the Golden Rectangle

Age 7 to 16

Leonardo who?! Well, Leonardo is better known as Fibonacci and this article will tell you some of fascinating things about his famous sequence.


Age 5 to 14

Calendars were one of the earliest calculating devices developed by civilizations. Find out about the Mayan calendar in this article.

Pi, a Very Special Number

Age 7 to 14

Read all about the number pi and the mathematicians who have tried to find out its value as accurately as possible.

From One Shape to Another

Age 7 to 14

Read about David Hilbert who proved that any polygon could be cut up into a certain number of pieces that could be put back together to form any other polygon of equal area.

Ishango Bone

Age 7 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you decode the mysterious markings on this ancient bone tool?

Fibonacci's Three Wishes 2

Age 7 to 14

Second of two articles about Fibonacci, written for students.


Age 7 to 14

Pythagoras of Samos was a Greek philosopher who lived from about 580 BC to about 500 BC. Find out about the important developments he made in mathematics, astronomy, and the theory of music.

All Is Number

Age 7 to 14

Read all about Pythagoras' mathematical discoveries in this article written for students.

From A Random World to a Rational Universe

Age 7 to 16

In the time before the mathematical idea of randomness was discovered, people thought that everything that happened was part of the will of supernatural beings. So have things changed?