Roadshow and Dragon Quiz
What is the FunMaths Roadshow?
- The FunMaths Roadshow is a pupil-centred workshop which was originally created in 1998 by the Liverpool Mathematical Society, who own and license the material.
- There have been regular developments since then and there are now suitable resources for all ages and abilities from Year 1 up to Year 13.
- There are 350 activities, arranged into Boxes of 25; 50 activities (two Boxes), suitable for the pupils’ age group, are selected for each session. Each Box covers a huge range of mathematics, with a wide range of difficulty, and so is suitable for all abilities. The activities are printed on laminated A3 baseboards and, in most cases, are accompanied by pieces to manipulate.
How does a session work?
- A FunMaths Roadshow session lasts for up to an hour, and a hall (or similarly large space) is needed. Pupils work in pairs or groups of three, and self-select activities to attempt in any order. A typical Roadshow session would accommodate two classes of pupils at a time. School staff are provided with solutions so that they can check the pupils’ answers.
- The FunMaths Roadshow also affords the opportunity to involve older pupils, parents or even school governors as extra helpers. Older pupils, in particular, get a great sense of achievement from this, and their own maths benefits from having to explain concepts to their younger peers. This close peer support is essential for Key Stage One sessions.
- In addition, some secondary schools have found this model to be an excellent way to strengthen links between themselves and feeder primaries, with secondary pupils acting as mentors to visiting primary pupils.
For more information, please download our FunMaths Roadshow FAQ.
What is the Dragon Quiz?
The Dragon Quiz is a team-relay contest that can be used for fun or for revision purposes.
The following Quizzes are available:
- Maths in Science (suitable for Y5 and Y6)
- Maths Journey (Y7 and Y8)
- Dangerous Maths (Y9 and Y10)
- GCSE revision (all specifications and tiers)
- Maths in Context (Y12 and Y13)
How does a Dragon Quiz work?
- The Quiz lasts for up to an hour and teams compete to answer as many questions as possible, in order, in the time allowed.
- Correct answers earn 10 points, with teams’ scores displayed on a projected scoreboard. Teams may also opt to pass on a question, which attracts a one-point penalty, and they may not return to passed questions afterwards. At the end, in the event of a tie for the highest score, the team achieving that total first is declared the winner.
- We can cater for up to 12 teams, with a maximum team size of 5, although 3 – 4 team members is the optimal number. A very large classroom or a hall, ideally with a data projector, is required.
Further information is available by downloading our Dragon Quiz FAQ.