Virtual Maths Circles and Open Ended Problems -Teacher Development Workshop

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In the workshop we will explore the resources we use during our Virtual Maths Circles

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Before the outbreak of COVID 19 the University of Edinburgh used to run events called "Edinburgh Maths Circles": free drop-in sessions where children aged 5 to 16 enjoyed learning mathematics with a range of fun problems and other hands-on mathematical activities. 

Since last Summer, Maths Circles have become "virtual". Virtual Maths Circles are one hour long events for 7-14 years old and their families. Children have a chance to tackle a variety of mathematical problems guided by University of Edinburgh staff and students. They are encouraged to behave as little mathematicians as they make conjectures, explore and explain possible solutions to open ended questions.

Most of the activities we use during our Maths Circles are courtesy of nRich (

Further details can be found at:

Both face to face and virtual Maths Circles have proven to be really popular. Each virtual Maths Circle attracts an average of 120 children (plus parents), with both children and parents giving really positive feedback. Below are some selected quotes from participants

"My son does not like Maths at school, but he really enjoys these activities"

"Encourages children to think differently"

"It is very interactive and gives us an opportunity to make Maths fun"

Teacher development workshop

During this workshop, we will give teachers and educators an introduction to what a (now virtual) Maths Circle is. We will explore some of the resources together, discuss how they can be used in the classroom, and how they can help children to develop curiosity and mathematical thinking.

After the workshop, some of our students will be very happy to (virtually) "visit" your school, and explore some of the problems and resources in your classroom.

Please read and abide by the Code of Conduct for this event, which can be found here.

Further information about our upcoming events and resources can be found at:

NOTE: In case you would also like to observe a Maths Circle in action, details of our next one can be found at:


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