I’m excited to tell you about a new initiative from Parallel, a charitable mathematics project founded and run by bestselling science author and maths educator, Dr Simon Singh. As you may have seen in The Sunday Times, after a successful year-long pilot, Simon is launching free online maths circles for upper primary students aged 9-11 every week.
The first circle is on Monday June 13th at 5pm, and then they continue every Monday through the summer and throughout the next academic year. The circles are a way for students to learn from some of the best maths educators in the world. They will contain a mix of challenging questions, puzzles and enrichment topics. Also, these maths circles will be a good opportunity to develop and practise the sort of problem-solving skills that are used to solve Primary Maths Challenge problems. The circles are highly interactive, with live chat and polling throughout.
Dr Singh MBE, whose book about Fermat’s Last Theorem was the first maths book to become a No. 1 bestseller in the UK, will be delivering many of the maths circles himself and he has created all of the Parallelograms (weekly maths problems sheets that will be given out to support the live circles). The circles are completely safe and secure – students do not appear on screen and cannot be heard, and only the session leaders can see chat comments.
How to sign up and learn more:
Students (or their parents) can create their own accounts by visiting parallel.org.uk. It is completely free.
There is no need to register for any particular maths circle or information session. Just visit parallel.org.uk/circles at the right time on the right day.