About our resources

We have two types of resources - articles and activities.

Activities are mostly developed by our enormously popular NRICH website. Activities are designed to develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills by applying your existing mathematical knowledge within novel, interesting and challenging situations related to sport and the Olympics. Many activities have the capacity to be extended well beyond the basic task and should be seen as a starting point for maths investigation and discovery. For each activity, we give an indication of the level at which the resource is pitched by UK Key Stage: you can browse activities by Key Stage through the tabs at the top of the page. Most activities include links to detailed teachers' notes giving ideas on how to introduce the activity in the classroom and suggestions for follow-up work.

To browse activities by Key Stage click on the tabs at the top of the page, or the links below.

Articles are almost all written for our award-winning Plus online maths magazine. Content in most articles will go beyond the explicit maths taught at school, while still being accessible to older students (age 16+), or to an interested general reader. Articles are designed to put the maths you encounter in the classroom in context by explaining the bigger picture and exploring the fascinating real-world applications of maths to so many aspects of sport in general and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in particular. We therefore hope that our articles provide interesting and accessible background and further reading for individual readers, including students, and an ideal resource for teachers wanting to offer their students a deeper insight into the worlds of both maths and sport.

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We've also included a Paralympics tag to highlight content which specifically mentions Paralympic sports or athletes. Many of the other resources tagged by sport above are relevant to both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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