New for 2021: Buddy's Key Challenge
Take on Buddy’s Key Challenge in your school 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 in your bubble 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.
Tell us you are taking part in Buddy’s Key Challenge sponsored event for NSPCC and receive a free Inflatable Buddy for your school!
Please note: Each school can only receive one Buddy and must be registered for Buddy’s Key Challenge by 23 April to receive Buddy in time for Number Day.
Download your resources
*The Upper and Lower KS2 levels are only a guide, schools should use the one most appropriate for their pupils
**All schools taking part in Buddy’s Key Challenge sponsored event will receive an inflatable Buddy for their school. We understand that some school layouts or risk assessments may not support Buddy being hidden in a central school location and we have therefore included an image of Buddy for printing and laminating in classes.
Virtual Maths lessons with Oxford University Press
Join Oxford University Press’s virtual Maths lesson for Number Day 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. He's created two fun and engaging Maths lessons, just for Number Day!
Dress up for digits
Dress up for Digits
Dress up for Digits
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
Let everyone know that your school is taking part and make it a real success.
As soon as we receive your kind donation, we'll send you a thank you letter and certificate to display in your school. You can download individual certificates for children here.
Make your fundraising even more magnificent with some colourful bunting.
Assembly plan, presentation and videos
The best way to involve everyone at school is to hold a special assembly to launch your event.
Our new assembly plan, presentation and videos can help you to explain the work of the NSPCC and why you've chosen to support our work through fundraising.
Why your support counts
We rely on funding from amazing people in schools across the country, who like you, believe that every childhood is worth fighting for.
By getting your pupils involved in fundraising, you're helping us keep children like Sophie safe from abuse.
Help us in our fight for every childhood. You can download our sponsor forms below to raise money or ask your pupils to bring in a donation to take part in the activities.
As a thank you to those primary schools who raise over £500, we will send you an inflatable Buddy and for those who raise over £2000, we will send a fluffy Buddy. For post primary and other schools and organisations, we will offer you a free place on our online Child Protection course and five free places for those who raise more than £2000.
Keeping Children Safe Online:
Activities and Resources
Why not use this opportunity to teach pupils about staying safe online 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
We’ve got some fun ideas for Number Day games that can be done in small groups and class bubbles.
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)
Pay your money in
We'll send all registered schools a paying-in form that'll explain how you can donate the money you've raised to the NSPCC. If you haven't received this within two weeks of registering, please let us know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can pay in money directly to Barclays Bank, via cheque, online or by phone. In addition to this, to support social distancing and be Covid friendly, you can also raise money and pay via ParentPay and JustGiving.
JustGiving: Set up your school’s fundraising page within our Number Day 2021 JustGiving Link
ParentPay: We’ve teamed up with ParentPay to raise money for Number Day. Schools can set up a payment item, share with parents and carers and money raised will be donated directly to NSPCC.
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. 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. If you have any queries in relation to paying in the money you have raised, please email email@example.com.
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!
Maths on Toast is the family maths charity.
We want everyone to feel that maths is something they can do, and enjoy – so we're on a mission to give all families creative, human, social experiences of maths.