LCQM and Maths Ambassadors

A big hello from our Maths Ambassadors here at Malvern. We are busy making sure our interactive Maths display is completed and are currently helping Mr. Morland understand how to use Twitter. We will also be in classes around the school looking at and helping with Maths.

Follow us @MathsatMalvern  where we will be uploading puzzles, challenges and information about Maths at Malvern.

Every Friday we will be picking a Mathematician of the Week. They will be picked from the display box if they successfully answer the challenge question of the week.

As part of the Maths Ambassador’s role, they will be helping the school in succeeding with the LCQM mark. The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark was set up by the Liverpool Learning Partnership in response to the identification of Maths as an issue in school settings across the city. The aim of the programme and Malvern’s Maths Ambassadors is to raise the standards in Maths by changing attitudes and perceptions towards Maths as well as promoting the importance of Maths an essential life skill.


The LCQM aims to:

  • Raise standards with enjoyment of Maths being at the heart of all activities.
  • Challenge and change perceptions/attitudes of pupils and the wider community towards Maths
  • Make Maths relevant by making connections to real life concepts.
  • Promote the use of technology in Maths
  • Involve parents, local businesses and cultural communities
  • Create and sustainable legacy of a love of numbers and problem solving skills.

As a part of the award and our drive and commitment to raising both standards and the enjoyment of mathematics, we will be holding events throughout the school year to help everyone to have fun and improve their mathematics skills.

Information for  2018

Dates for Your Diary:

25th January – Mathletics Competition @ Malvern 1:30pm start – St. Albert’s, St. Aidan’s and Mosscroft to compete

2nd February – First ever MathsatMalvern Newsletter released.

12th Match – World Maths Day – information to follow

14th March – Pi Day – All About Circles and pie! 3.142

26th March – Grandparents’ Maths Game Day

Starting the 19th April for 6 weeks – Knowing the Expectations and Vocabulary of the Maths Curriculum: Parents’ Class for Year 3, 4 and 5.

26th April – United Kingdom Mathematics Trust – Junior Maths Challenge  –  Yr6 Aspiration Challenge

6th June – Maths  and General Knowledge Kahoot Social Night – more information to follow.

October 2018 – Peter Jones Tycoons in School Enterprise – more information to follow  and the link to this years below.

Useful, Interesting and Maths Game Websites

The National Numeracy Challenge is a great way to test your knowledge of Maths.

A whole host of puzzles ranging in level of ability from starter to Einstein! All topics in Maths covered. Great If you have 5 minutes!

Powerlines is a logic puzzle that requires perseverance but does come with a hint of frustration. There are 3 levels to challenge yourself.

Use directions ad instructions in this multi-level BBC skillwise game.

The decanting puzzle. Move the containers to match the appropriate measurement. Can you do it in the smallest number of moves? 6 levels of fun – Enjoy!

Printable number puzzles for children and adults. Work together. All great fun!!!!

Try this incredibly addictive number game using logic and negative numbers. 48 levels of challenge! This will drive you to logic!

1-a-day Maths Challenges from the White Rose Maths Collection. Every year group has a selection of questions that test the children’s reasoning and problem solving. Any child can try any year group up to Year 8 if you fancy a real challenge.

Mathematician of the Week 23.02.18

Straight back to it for all things MathsatMalvern … The Ambassadors have started a Maths Buddy System with children from Year 5 as well as continuing with their challenge display board to get children solving Maths problems. All systems go.

Due to the popularity of the last Maths Competition, the ambassadors will be hosting a 2nd competition against 3 different schools. The competition is set for 1st March. There have been slight modifications to the format  as requested by the ambassadors.


Mr. Morland and the ambassadors ran an interactive multiplication quiz using Kahoot in assembly on Wednesday 21st. Each House Captain selected a child from each year to take part with the questions increasing in difficulty to match the Maths curriculum. This time around,  Respect were the winners scoring 16/20, Courage were 2nd scoring 14.

Mathematician of the Week 09.02.18

2nd Maths Newsletter imminent – the Maths Ambassadors have completed a flash survey to find out what children think of Maths. Results are published below and in the newsletter.

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50 children were asked 5 questions, in each Key Stage, with an interval score from 1 to 10. All scores were then added to give a total out of 500. We then converted that into an approval percentage which can be seen below.

These were the results for Key Stage 2

Do you enjoy Maths? 85.4% approval rating.

Are lessons a challenge? 70.2% approval rating.

Do you try and work by yourself? 81% approval rating.

Do you learn in every lesson? 85.2% approval rating.

Is Maths fun? 87.6% approval rating.

These were the results for Key Stage 1

Do you enjoy Maths? 83.8% approval rating.

Are lessons a challenge? 67.2% approval rating.

Do you try and work by yourself? 76.2% approval rating.

Do you learn in every lesson? 75.6% approval rating

Is maths fun? 93.6% approval rating

From this data we will be working with Mr. Morland and the teachers to try and see how we can make Maths more of challenge whilst keeping it as fun as it is now!

Who is the most accurate with a protractor?

Year 6 were set a challenge to see who could measure and draw the most correct angles in 5 minutes. The final winners were Frankie and Louis from 6SM who managed 22 and 20 retrospectively. What a competition and all the children enjoyed the challenge and all improved.

This week it is careers week in school and gave us lots of opportunities to put Maths into real-life practice. For example, did you know that to become a doctor you complete a course lasting 365days x 7 + 2 (dependent on leap years) and will cost – at minimum – £64,750 in University fees. However, consultants can earn beyond £103,000 a year dependent on the specialty.

In Year 6 we discovered that 14.2% of the cohort want to be a future lawyer or solicitor. However, the most popular future career was a professional sportsperson where 19.6% (nearly one fifth) had ambitions in this field. and 8 of the 11 had the ambition and courage to be a professional footballer.

On Thursday, the Year 6 will be entering Dragon’s Den to show and present their findings and the winning, most detailed group will receive a prize on Friday.

Mathematicians of the Week 02.02.18

A fantastic Maths week this week. In our Maths Assembly, we challenged each School House (Trust, Ambition, Courage and Respect) to a multiplication quiz. Each Yr group had a representative taking part. After a fierce, yet friendly contest, Ambition won scoring 10, Respect scoring 8 to come in 2nd. Maths Ambassadors hosted the competition to promote times tables in the school. Assembly was that exciting that everyone wants to do it again in 2 weeks time. In our excitement, we forget to take any photographs.

Calculating Area and Perimeter of Compound Shapes

This week, Mrs Hayes class (Year 6) took part in a Big Maths lesson. The children used their measuring skills to calculate the area and perimeter of compound shapes that had been made on their tables. Have a look at the pictures below to see what exactly the children got up to that lesson.

Chess Match

Working with other schools in our local area, we took a team of 10 chess players to play to Margaret Mary’s for a friendly match on the 30th January. Have a look at the pictures below.

New challenges on the boards for KS2

Mathematicians already flocking to the boards to answer the new questions – all based on money, following on from measures last week.

Mathematicians of the Week 26.01.18

We had over 80 entries for Mathematician of the Week and the 4 winners were as follows:

Aiva, Luke, Amy and Liam. Go to @MathsatMalvern to view all our recent pictures.

First ever Maths is Everywhere newsletter. The Maths Ambassadors had fun interviewing Mrs. Hayes and finding puzzles and challenges for everyone. Expect the next edition in 2 weeks. Click on the date below to read the first newsletter.


Congratulations to St. Aidan’s who won the Mathletics competition pipping Malvern and St. Albert’s by 4 points. 121 to 117. It was a fantastic event and the Mathematicians were exceptional through. Well done Imogen, Grace, Thomas and Josh.

Special mention to the Maths Ambassadors who were brilliant in running the event!





On Thursday of this week, we get ready to host the LCQM Mathletics Competition. Malvern will compete against St. Aidan’s, St. Albert’s and Mosscroft. There will be 4 different styles of Maths questions that each team of 4 Yr6 pupils will have to solve. There will be 4 rounds of:

Accuracy style questions such as

5678 x 97 will be asked to the Mathletes.

Speed Arithmetic questions where each team have 1 minute to answer 20 questions. The fastest team win the most points (answers have to be correct). Questions such as

4 + 5 x 6 will be asked

Problem Solving questions that require greater thinking and logical steps – there is a 2 minute time limit to the questions.

Quick-fire Rounds – each team member will have 30 seconds to mental answer calculations such as 15 + 16

There will also be crowd rounds and a Kahoot round based on Computing. All to promote the importance and value of Maths in schools. Trophies will be awarded to each team. Pictures to follow.


New problems are up and being solved on the display. This week, they are based on time and measure. If you have 5 minutes, have a go yourself.








Maths Newsletter announced! The Maths Ambassadors will be putting together a Bi-weekly newsletter for the school full of problems, interviews and information about @MathsatMalvern  . The first ever edition will be released on the 2nd February.

Mathematicians of the Week 19.01.18

Mathematicians of the Week. Holly and Bae (Yr5), Luca (Yr4) and Jessica (Yr3). Well done those for children. They earned their respective houses 50 points each.

Maths Ambassadors have been in Yr 1 this week helping the children learn and understand number bonds to 8 using the part, part whole method. Hunt for the pictures  @MathsatMalvern

Pupils continue to love the Maths Challenge Boards, solving the problems every week. The number of children solving the problems has grown every week. Maths Ambassadors doing a great job. Ambassadors were also in Yr4 this week.

Maths Ambassadors argue with paper! The ambassadors went hunting for an appropriate problem for Y6 and found this.

In each of these problems, you have to solve each calculation by inserting decimals to make the right quotient.

Harder than it looks. HAVE A GO! You can also find it on twitter at @MathsatMalvern

Maths Assembly 17.01.18

Mr. Morland hosted the first ‘Maths in Action’ Assembly today with the assistance of the Maths Ambassadors. They looked at shape puzzles and how to calculate  perimeter for Landscape Gardeners, interior designers and builders and using the Maths surrounding the problems they face.

Mathematicians of the Week 15.12.17

4 new winners this weeks. Zara Y6, Lily and Holly Y5 and Dale Y4. Excellent problem solving with the challenges on the board.

Maths Ambassadors were in Y5 and Y3 assisting children with fractions and multiplying and dividing by 10.

Mathematicians of the Week 8.12.17

The Mathematicians of the Week are: Abigail, Grace and Ava TP from Y6 and Thomas from Year 5. Big congratulations and well done to everyone who entered.


Maths Ambassadors were helping in Y3 with multiplication and division: all brilliant and loving their role.


 Mathematicians of the Week 1.12.17

Well done to our mathematicians of the week: Aiva Mc (Y6), Ava F (Y5), Louie M (Y3) and Jess T (Y3). Jess correctly answered the Y5/6 questions as well! New challenges are on the board and children are chomping at the bit to answer them.

Second week of the Maths Challenges and the ambassadors selected two problems. One for Y3/4 and one for Y5/6. Have a look and see what you think.

Mathematicians of the Week for 24.11.17

Fearne (Y6), Jessica (Y5), Ruby (Y5) and Amy (Y5). They successful answered the problem for their year! Have a go yourself.

Here are some pictures of the ambassadors busy with

children from across the school completing the challenges.


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