Number Day resources

Download everything you need to make your Number Day a success.

It's maths but not as you know it!

We’re delighted you’ve signed up to join schools across the UK taking part in Number Day, on Friday 4 February 2022. We’re really excited to celebrate 22 years of Number Day and want to make this year the biggest ever!

We love seeing your Number Day posts and photos on social media so please keep posting and sharing with us by using #numberday and @NSPCC.

Please bookmark this page as we'll continue to add new Number Day resources and activities. If you have any queries in relation to Number Day you can contact us at numberday@nspcc.org.uk

Planning your Number Day is as easy as...

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Put the date in your diary

Friday 4 February 2022.

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Get planning

Plan how to get your whole school involved with activities and fundraising. There's lots of ways you can have fun with numbers - activities for all ages can be downloaded below and new activities will be added so do check back!

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Spread the word

We've sent posters to your school and you can download more below. Take a look at our assembly plan, Number Day video and letter to parents to promote your day and raise money to keep children safe.

Maths activities

Take on Buddy’s Key Challenge, 2021’s most popular activity and help raise vital funds for the NSPCC. In classes, solve exciting maths puzzles against the clock with Buddy, the Speak out Stay safe mascot. There are ten puzzles to solve, and each one will reveal a piece of Buddy’s broken key that needs to be put back together again.

Compete against other classes to see who can finish the challenge in the fastest time. Family and friends can support by sponsoring pupils to complete the challenge; every pound raised will help the NSPCC be here for children.

Download Buddy

To help raise the vital funds we need to keep children safe you might like to Dress up for Digits and come up with your own number crunching fundraising or use some of our great mathematical activities, some created in partnership with Oxford University Press, Maths on Toast and Maths Circle.

To help raise the vital funds we need to keep children safe you might like to Dress up for Digits and come up with your own number crunching fundraising or use some of our great mathematical activities, some created in partnership with Oxford University Press, Maths on Toast and Maths Circle.

To help raise the vital funds we need to keep children safe you might like to Dress up for Digits and come up with your own number crunching fundraising or use some of our great mathematical activities, some created in partnership with Oxford University Press and Maths on Toast.

Virtual maths lessons with Oxford University Press

Watch Oxford University Press’s virtual Number Day maths lesson with Professor Mike Askew. Mike began his career as a primary school teacher. He now researches, speaks and writes on teaching and learning maths. Mike believes that all children can find mathematical activity engaging and enjoyable, and develop the confidence in their ability to do maths. 

Dress up for digits

Children in fancy dress


Simply ask your pupils and staff to wear an item of clothing with a number on it and bring in a suggested donation of £2. This can be a sports shirt or cap, even a onesie. Or why not get more creative as a dice or calculator!

Promotional materials and fundraising resources

Assembly plan, presentation and video

The best way to involve everyone at school is to hold a special assembly to launch your event. Our assembly plan, presentation and video can help you to explain the work of the NSPCC and why you've chosen to support our work through fundraising.

Assembly plan

Presentation

Games

We’ve got some fun ideas for Number Day games that can be done in small groups.

The teacher hides a variety of coloured balls or cards around the playground. The class is split into teams, and the coloured balls/cards are given a number value, ie: blue = 4. The teams need to collect as many as they can. The team with the highest value of the balls wins.

Lay a series of flash card equations on the floor in a line next to each other. Each player needs to move along their line shouting out their answers before they can move to the next one… who can beat the teacher to the end of the line? (This game could also be done on a white board)

You’ll need 6 recycled plastic bottles numbered 1-6.  Have the children take turns in bowling to knock the bottles over, they then have to count the numbers on the bottles and add up the numbers to get their score. Highest score wins the round.   (Use anti-bac wipes to keep the bottles sanitised)

Get the children to help you create a map of your school playground on paper. Then choose plot points for them to visit to find notes or small prizes.

Thee children can make their own bingo card using numbers up to 90. The teacher could set 90 maths questions where the answers are anything from 1 – 90 (eg: 2 x 4).  When the child gets the right answer, they mark that number off.   First one with a full house wins.

The teacher gives each child a card with a letter and a small number (similar to scrabble tokens).  In groups, children need to make as many words as they can with the letters they have and also the total of the words made if numbers are added together.

Split the class into two teams. Players compete against each other with two dice, they both roll the dice and add up (or subtract, or multiply if the teacher wants to increase the difficulty) the two dice together. The player with the highest number wins!

Keeping children safe:

activities and resources

Why not use this opportunity to teach pupils about staying safe with our fun quizzes and resources?

We’re also offering an online version of our Speak out Stay safe programme, so you can safely deliver vital safeguarding messages in the classroom. Available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands, the programme includes a 30-minute virtual assembly introduced by Ant and Dec, plus supporting teaching materials. 

For more resources to help your school keep children safe, explore our free teaching resources and lessons plans 

Why your support counts

Speak out Stay safe practitioner speaking to child

The money you raise could help the NSPCC run its Speak out Stay safe programme to help children understand what abuse is and what to do if they're scared or worried.

Caroline’s seven year old son was sexually abused by a 13 year old friend of the family. Luke’s behaviour had deteriorated over a period of months. After seeing one of the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies, Luke disclosed the abuse to his mum. She believes that he would never have spoken out without the service. They reported what had happened to the police and Luke is now doing well.

"If it hadn’t been for that assembly, I honestly think the abuse would still be happening. The Schools Service needs to keep happening so that children understand what is right and wrong. It gave my son the words to articulate what had happened to him and to be able to say it was not ok. "
Caroline

*Names have been changed.

Paying your money in

All registered schools should receive a welcome letter with paying in instructions. If you have misplaced this letter with your supporter ID, or haven't received your welcome pack yet, please complete and return this paying in form. Your supporter ID can also be found on all Number Day emails.

You can pay in money directly to Barclays Bank, via cheque, online or by phone. In addition to this, there are cashless options such as ParentPay, JustGiving and IRIS ParentMail.

JustGiving: Set up your school’s fundraising page within our Number Day 2022 JustGiving link.

Raising money has never been easier with JustGiving QR codes. You can see your QR code by typing ‘/qrcode’ at the end of your pages URL. Save or screenshot this and include on posters, emails and letters. Children can spread the word to their family and friends to encourage them to donate to your Number Day event, and make this the biggest one yet!

Remember to share your fundraising with parents and carers, we’ve got our letter you can share on your schools’ social media site too.

Returning sponsor forms: You'll find instructions for paying in money you have raised within your welcome letter or the paying in form. If your school has sponsor forms to return to NSPCC to enable us to claim gift aid, please return them by confidential and secure post (such as second class signed for). Address details can be found within your welcome letter or the paying in form. If you have any queries in relation to paying in the money you have raised, please email numberday@nspcc.org.uk.

Thanks to our partners

The Man Charitable Trust is Man Group’s philanthropic trust, which focuses its grant giving on literacy, numeracy and programmes that help disadvantaged people.

Its work helps disadvantaged people engage with education and build the
necessary skills to improve their life
chances and employment prospects.

 

Oxford University Press has once again teamed up with the NSPCC to provide exciting Number Day activities.

These have been designed to have clear links to the maths curriculum and also put the fun into fundraising!