Count on Us Primary Challenge 

The Count on Us Primary Challenge is an exciting pan-London maths programme engaging pupils in a range of maths activities to challenge, motivate and inspire. Our unique programme, with its focus on team work and collaboration, has been run in classrooms and clubs across London’s schools, even during the period of school closures.

In 2021, nearly 3,000 students were involved in the Count on Us Primary Challenge, with 94% of teachers reporting a positive impact on their pupils’ confidence levels.

The Count on Us Primary Challenge is delivered by The Maths Zone.

“Count on Us has been excellent in getting children passionate about maths again. They love every aspect of the competition and have enjoyed practising for it.”

– Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy

“Great to develop team work, maths language and communication as well as develop enjoyment when working with shapes and mental maths.”

– Manor Park Primary School

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What is the Count on Us Primary Challenge?

It’s an exciting maths tournament, taking part across London’s primary schools.

By combining a series of mental arithmetic and problem solving tasks, the Count on Us Primary Challenge provides an exciting opportunity for pupils to work together, compete against other schools and develop their confidence as mathematicians.

For 2021/22, we will be including all new number and problem-solving activities to support your recovery agenda.

All resources required to set up and run the programme will be shared at training sessions and will then be available via the Resource Area on our website. Following the training sessions, teachers will use the activities in class or clubs, before setting up an in/inter-school tournament to help choose a mixed-gender team of three Year 4/5 pupils to represent the school in the Heats, with the highest scoring schools making it through to the Final.

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What will taking part involve?

Each participating school is required to contribute and pay a fee for taking part.

The Count on Us package includes training, school resource kits, support materials (Teacher Guide, Student Workbook and Tournament Handbook), additional online resources, participation in events and being part of a wider Count on Us schools’ network.

There are two fee options:

  • Option 1: £190 – includes the school resource kit comprising Dominoes, T Puzzles and 3 x 24® Game Single Digits packs OR
  • Option 2: £140 – includes the school resource kit comprising Dominoes and T Puzzles.

Please note that schools new to the programme will require the full school resource kit (Option1).

You will also:

  • Select a lead teacher, and up to one other teacher, to attend training and run the programme in school.
  • Commit to setting up clubs and/or in-class opportunities to use the Count on Us activities with at least 60 pupils.
  • Run an in/inter-school tournament to select a team of 3 pupils to represent the school in the Heats. Highest scoring teams will make it through to the Final.
  • Agree to take part in Count on Us feedback and evaluation.

Our partners

A huge thank you to our delivery partner for supporting the Count on Us Primary Challenge. We could not run the programme without you.