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‘Design a Maths Game’ Competition 2 - Guidelines

Information for teachers

Designing the games

The Basic Skills Agency is inviting Year 7 pupils at your school to design a maths game for Year 6 pupils.

The purpose of the game should be to develop or reinforce some aspect of mathematics or numeracy.

We're looking for games in a variety of formats, so your game could:
• use a board, cards, counters or balls
• be played around a table, sitting on the floor or moving around
• use ICT which can be found in schools.

The games should be:
• easy to use with clear instructions
• portable
• suitable for use at home.

The game will be judged on its content and ‘playability’, not on the sophistication of presentation.

Involving Year 6

Once the games have been produced, we would like you to ask Year 6 pupils to play the games and help you choose a winning game to represent your school at the LEA level.

The voting slip for Year 6 pupils is available below. They will be asked to choose their favourite on the basis of the game that was:
• the most enjoyable to play
• the one they would like to play again
• the game they would like to take home.

Judging at LEA level

The winning entry must be submitted to your LEA by 17th  December 2004.

The game you wish to enter for the LEA heat of the maths game competition should be submitted to your LEA maths adviser in a complete and playable format, together with any necessary equipment (dice, counters etc.).

Your LEA will choose a winning game from the entries received from all schools. You will receive a Numeracy Box from the Basic Skills Agency, whether or not your game is selected for the national final.  Please use our discussion forum at to tell us how your school used the Numeracy Box.

The LEA will send photographs and a description of the winning game (provided by the pupils) to the Basic Skills Agency by 14th February 2005. Entries from all the LEAs in Wales will be entered into the national final.

The national final

The Basic Skills Agency will post all the LEA winning games on their website at 1pm on 1st March 2004. On the website you will be able to vote for your favourite game – only one vote can by cast by each computer user, but the web page will be available to everyone – pupils, teachers, friends and families. Weekly email updates will be sent out with a run down of the leading contenders, to receive these updates you will need to sign up to the mailing group on .

The 22 finalist schools with games in the national final will receive another Numeracy Box from the Basic Skills Agency. You will have until midday Monday 14th March to cast your vote.  The winning game will be announced on the Basic Skills Agency website at 12:30pm Friday 18th March. Do not miss the announcement.


The winning school and two runners-up will receive prizes. Details of prizes will be posted on the BSA website later this term.

Competition rules

1. Games should be designed by mixed ability groups.
2. Games can be in any reasonable format.
3. Games should be for two or more players.
4. The rules of the games should be easy to follow.
5. Board games should be no longer than 70cm in length.
6. Year 6 pupils must be involved in judging the games.
7. The venue, time and format for judging your school’s entry is at your discretion.
8. Voting slips must be completed by Year 6 pupils.
9. Games must be submitted to the LEA in a complete and playable format.

Year 6 Voting Slip
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