Numeracy Challenge

The Numeracy Challenge 2020 is here!

We are delighted to announce the 2020 Numeracy Challenge for Tower Hamlets primary schools! Registrations are now open until Friday 6th March. Register you teams here.

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


This year’s theme is: ALL ABOUT MONEY!

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 competition is targeted at pupils in Years 4-6, however it is open to all ages and abilities. Each school can enter multiple teams of a maximum of four pupils each, supported by a business volunteer or a school staff member.

You may like to enlist pupils/volunteers that take part in any of our Partner Schemes or target other pupils in a maths club or similar, or anyone you think would benefit! You might even like to sign up a whole year group!

Please note that activities are designed to be scaffolded by adults. The same adult can work with multiple teams if necessary.

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.

When does it happen?

Teams will be e-mailed activities at the beginning of the week and tasked to complete each round in a 30-minute session. This could be during regular Partner Scheme sessions, during lunchtime or after-school.

Round 1: Make Money – week commencing 16 March 2020

Round 2: Spend Money – week commencing 23 March 2020

Round 3: Save Money – week commencing 30 March 2020

Each round will get progressively harder and the deadline to submit your round entry each week will be Friday, 4pm.

The Grand Final will take place on Friday 22nd May in the City of London and winners will be invited to visit the University of Sussex in sunny Brighton on Monday 8th June.

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 @TowerHamletsEBP and share a photo, feedback on the activities or some encouragement for your team using #NumeracyChallenge

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!