Numeracy Challenge

The Numeracy Challenge 2019 is here!

We are delighted to announce that the annual numeracy challenge for Tower Hamlets primary schools is back for a seventh year! Registrations are now open until Thursday 31st January. Download a registration form here.

Display this poster in your school or company to get teams involved.



The Challenge will take teams on a mathematical adventure of problem solving, grappling with numbers and spaces, logic and team work. With fantastic prizes also up for grabs – including a visit to the University of Sussex for the winning team.

How does it work?

The Number Partners Challenge is designed for Years 4-6 (ages 8-11), but pupils of any age are welcome to take part. The Challenge is also open to all volunteers and pupils – not just those currently on Number Partner schemes.

Schools can enter multiple teams, with a maximum of 4 pupils being supported by one volunteer (or teacher).

Teams will complete 3 rounds of number activities, with each round designed to fit within a volunteer’s usual 30 minute partner session.  We do not expect that all teams will complete the activity in 30 minutes – volunteers should support their team to complete as much as they can.

Round 1 – week commencing 4 February 2019
Round 2 – week commencing 11 February 2019
Round 3 – week commencing 25 February 2019

Each round will be circulated to registered teams at the start of each week, with teams given until Friday 1 March to submit all their entries. The highest scoring teams will then be invited to a Grand Final on the 4th of April 2019 where they will go head to head for a chance to be crowned the winner!

Full information on this year’s Challenge can be found on this poster.

Tweet Us

We would love to see your tweets during the Challenge! You can tweet us directly @NumberPartners and share a photo, feedback on the activities or some encouragement for your team using #CountMeIn.

Are you based outside of Tower Hamlets?

If you would like to run your own competition in school or in your area, a Number Partners Challenge guidance pack, featuring the maths activities from this year will be available after the competition has closed.

Example activities

Get a flavour of the challenges ahead. Activities from 2017 are below:


Team ‘Brainiacs’ from Sir William Burrough Primary School are crowned winners at the 2017 Final. Read more about them in the local press!