Number Partners Challenge

The Number Partner Challenge 2017 is here!

We are delighted to announce that the Number Partner Challenge is back for a fifth year! The competition launched on Monday, 6 March with Round 1.


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.

Registration for this year’s Challenge are now closed and teams now have until Friday, 31 March to submit their entries for all the rounds.

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 6 March, 2017
Round 2 – week commencing 13 March, 2017
Round 3 – week commencing 20 March, 2017

Each round will be circulated to registered teams at the start of each week, with teams given until Friday, 31 March to submit all their entries. The highest scoring teams will then be invited to a Grand Final on Wednesday, 24 May 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 2015 can be found here. Activities from 2016 are below:


Team Hexadecagon from Woolmore Primary School are crowned winners at the 2016 Final. Read more about last year’s winning team here.