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House of Maths School Workshops Primary & Secondary in Dorset & South - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!

Reception can have their own show / workshop if time permits, or can be included in a show with Year 1 or with Years 1&2. Towards the start of the Academic Year when Reception are particularly young, they can if you prefer stay for just the first half of a Year 1&2 show.

Barney tutors maths up to A-level and even University level alongside running the House Of Maths, so you can be assured that a Secondary School Visit will include enough challenging maths for even the most discerning Year 8 student! Shows include magic tricks with numbers and a look at polyhedra in the real world; workshops include using dice to look at the Normal Distribution (presented as a way to win at board games!!), and vertex notation for 3D shapes. Barney also works with the Further Maths Support Group delivering maths talks to KS3 to encourage further take up of double maths at A-level.

“Shows” are for up to 180 students at a time and usually take place in your main Hall, whereas “workshops” are for one class size of up to 32 students at a time so can if you prefer take place in a classroom. Shows feature a good deal of involvement from the students, whereas workshops are completely interactive, with every student doing the maths hands-on themselves. Click on Shows or Workshops for more details.

You choose! Shows typically last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes each (example of a typical day’s schedule later on this page). Workshops typically last between 25 to 60 mins depending on your requirements, but can be longer if time permits.

I usually aim to cater for your entire school (Primary) or your entire Key Stage 3 (Secondary) in a one-day visit. Shows can cater for 200 or more students at a time – with the help of a microphone and PA which I provide. Please see a later question for typical schedules.

If you have three or more classes in each Year Group then you may prefer me to perform separate House Of Maths shows for each Year group (rather than for two Year groups at a time). If this is the case then a 2-day visit might be needed for me to see an entire Primary School (Years Reception to 6). Another possibility is for me to bring a colleague and have two shows on the go throughout the day (this will of course require two halls and two performers’ fees).

For Infant Schools (Reception – Year 2) a half-day session can suffice, and is priced accordingly (please phone or email for prices). For First (Years R-4) or Junior (Years 3-6) Schools, a combination of two shows in the morning and then one or two workshops in the afternoon works well. If you are a one-form-entry Primary School then you may prefer me to run up to six (or occasionally seven) fully-interactive workshops during the day, each for one class of up to 30 students. Please do phone or email to discuss your individual requirements.

SHOWS: My most popular format for Primary Schools is one 45 and two 60 minute shows, often roughly as follows:

  • 9.20 – 10.05am Show for Reception, Years 1 & 2.
  • 10.30 – 11.30am Show for Years 4 & 5
  • 1.30 – 2.30pm Show for Years 5 & 6.

Four 40 minute shows (three before and one after lunch) is another possible format, especially for larger Primary schools, or if you go from Reception up to Year 7.

WORKSHOPS: I can fit up to six (or occasionally seven) half hour workshops into each school day, or fewer longer workshops. The time I can spend running the workshops will be maximised if I’m able to stay in the same classroom for the morning sessions, and in the same (but can be different from the morning’s venue!) classroom for the afternoon sessions.

SECONDARY: My most popular format for a one-day visit is two 60-minute talks (whole of Year 7, whole of Year 8) and one 60-minute workshops for one class size (e.g. top-set or G&T group). Other possibilities include four 60-minute workshops with individual classes, or please get in touch for a bespoke schedule.

(Primary): Yes – usually to start off the day. This can help your school to “get the best of both worlds” if you are considering a day of workshops rather than shows.

For shows, could the school please provide one or two long tables (a 6-foot trestle table is ideal), and access to your projector or smart-board. Barney will bring Powerpoint slides on both laptop and USB stick ready to plug into your projector or PC. For shows Barney will also provide a P.A. system with microphone and music. For workshops the school may be asked to provide an individual whiteboard and pen between two students, and the facility to display some Powerpoint slides is useful for most and essential for some of the workshops.

I am based in Bournemouth, Dorset and also cover the rest of Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, Wiltshire and parts of Devon, Somerset, Oxfordshire and the South, including parts of London (mainly South and West). I do not currently travel to the Midlands or the North – if you are in these areas you could try School Workshops – Find Primary & Secondary Workshops for Schools www.findschoolworkshops.co.uk . Please phone or email if in doubt, thank you!

This depends predominantly on travel from Bournemouth.

PRIMARY: A full day typically costs between £300 (Bournemouth) and £500 (London), these prices correct 2016. I do also offer half-day visits (priced accordingly) if you are close to Bournemouth, or perhaps it might be possible for you to share me with a next-door school for a full day?(one school before lunch and one after). I’m also happy to discuss reduced rates if you are a small school with fewer than 200 pupils – please phone or email for more details, thank you!

SECONDARY: A full day typically costs £450 in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. A travel supplement from Bournemouth (Dorset) may apply if you are further afield, but please phone or email for a quote, thank you!

Yes! I have many years experience working with young children as both an entertainer and maths demonstrator, and can bring along a show/workshop tailor-made for ages 3-5. The visit will be hands-on and include large colourful props and numbers, counting forwards and backwards, corners, sides, “flat” and “solid” shapes, and even some running around to find the correct item! Here’s a link to one of my regular Nurseries in Dorset to see what a visit looks like.

Barney made Maths educational AND fun - a fantastic day!
I. Martin, Sunnyhill Primary School
The children absolutely loved it and came back into the classroom buzzing about numeracy
Mrs D, Independent School, Bournemouth
Covered so many strands of maths with just the right level of challenge to engage every child
Joanna, Corpus Christi School B’mth
Pitched perfectly for the class. Everyone was engaged in the activities and all of the pupils loved it!
L. Richards, St Martin's School