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Weekly Maths Challenge Plus

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Maths to Read

Find books and articles about maths: from its history and origins, to where it's being used today, who is doing it and how it is shaping the world around us.

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Maths to Do

There are loads of great interactive resources here, like simulations, games and problems sets. Maths isn't a spectator sport, try some yourself!

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Maths to Listen to

Relaxing audio experiences to enjoy on your journey to school, or while doing chores. No matter what you're doing, you can multitask with some maths at the same time!

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Maths to Watch

Watch how maths comes alive with beautiful animations and explanations from some of the most entertaining and interesting educators on the internet.


Weekly maths challenge

This is the weekly maths challenge. Do you like maths? Are you good at it? These maths challenges are posted on our website weekly. Have a go! Try your hand at answering them, then check out the solutions. And if there isn't a solution, you are welcome to submit one.

Welcome to Weekly Maths Challenge Plus

Navigate straight to each section through the thumbnails above, or see below for some of our favourites from each section.

Maths to Read

Be sure to check out: 1089 and All That, David Acheson

Take any 3 digit number (say 148) and reverse the digits of it (so we would get 841). Calculate difference of these two numbers (841 - 148 = 693) and then reverse the digits of that (so 396), and finally add them together (693 + 396 = 1089). Fantastically, this phenomenal fact is far from being unique to 148, and was the problem that find make Acheson obsessed with maths. If you want a bird's eye of mathematics in general, this is the book for you.


Maths to Do

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Brilliant is the right choice for anyone who enjoys learning and problem-solving. A sleek and easy-to-navigate interface with interactive tasks to test yourself keeps your mind active with STEM topics, with excellent maths, physics and computing modules.


Maths to Listen To

Be sure to check out: More or Less

Amid everyday chaos, there’s something anchoring about turning to the numbers. Episodes explore the five-second rule when dropping food, falling fertility rates, the placebo effect and some less-than-entirely-factual claims from politicians, so come here if you want to hear the numbers behind the news.


Maths to Watch

Be sure to check out: Numberphile

Every number has a story, and Numberphile tells each tale with simple language and cute animations. Each episode has an expert in the field share a number, pattern, puzzle or shape from mathematics that they love and try to convince you to too! This is a favourite amongst students in our school because of the vast range of different topics it covers in a cool way. The series Tadashi's Toys is a great place to start!

We hope you enjoy using these resources as much as we at KCLMS have!