Maths Eyes

Have you got Maths Eyes?

Maths Eyes is a wonderful way of enthusing children about maths and helping them to see maths in the world around us.

Every fortnight, the children are presented with a new picture. We discuss what they notice and wonder about the picture and pose mathematical questions, which they solve and represent in different ways. The questions posed and language used will be guided and developed by the staff to reflect the age and experiences of the children. Each class then displays their Maths Eyes creations in the hall for judging on Fridays and the winning classes – one from each Key Stage – are presented with the fabulous Maths Eyes glasses to display in their classroom for the week. 

This website was our inspiration for Maths Eyes

Picture of the week How much maths can you Maths eyes Logosee?

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

Thanks to Aurelia for the picture of her tower.

Elephant Class in Year 1 thought of some great questions and did some amazing reasoning. Here are a few things they though about.

How high is the tower?

Layla decided that, as every cup is 10cm tall, the whole tower is 160cm.

They also used their work on odd and even numbers.

“Altogether there are 135 cups in the tower. Because 5 is odd, then 135 must be odd. We only look at the ones. 5 is odd. It cannot be spilt into groups of 2. There is one left over.”

Thank you to Molly for making the Maths Eyes picture this week.

These questions are from Year 2. They did some estimating too.

How long did it take to make? Our suggestions:

  • 27 minutes because there are 20 pieces.
  • 20 minutes – 10 minutes to design and choose the colut=rs and 10 minutes to make. 10 + 10 = 20

If I had 2 of the design, how many pieces would there be?

“27 + 27”     “Double it”

How many centimeters wide is it?

“30cm – It looks like ruler size and they are usually 30cm long.” “33cm- I agree, but think it is a little bit longer.”

Our new pictures celebrate the amazing discovery of the ichthyosaur fossil at Rutland Water in Leicester.


We did lots of wondering!

Here are some questions from Year 3.

How many kilograms of soil and stones did they need to move to excavate the ichthyosaur?

How long did it take to uncover the whole skeleton?

How long had the fossil been buried for?

How many average height adults would be the same length as the ichthyosaur?

if the archaeologists had one brush to share, how long would it take to excavate the fossil?

Thank you to Lottie in Year 1 for sending a picture of the sculpture she made in Kids’ Club!



This week, Panther and Owl classes won the maths eyes. All classes created with wonderful questions involving shape and number. Here are two of our favourite questions from KS1.

How many pentagons are there? How many hexagons are there?

If two people took seven rods from each group, how many would be left?



Thank you to Toucan Class in Year 6 for the questions this week.

If the whole box was full to start with, and there are now 15 chocolates left. what fraction of the box of chocolates has been eaten?

If we square the number of chocolates left in the box, how many chocolates would you have and how many boxes would you need?

If each box of chocolates costs £7.34 and I buy five boxes, how much will I spend?

For Marvellous Maths Day, Year 5 recreated the 700,000 soldiers who died in WW1 using arrays with 100 soldiers on each.


These are some of the questions from Pelican Class.


If in the trenches there were 32,000 men and at night 17,302 were on lookout, 12,045 were sleeping and the rest were eating, how many soldiers were having their meal?

If there were 480,000 soldiers and 183,200 died of trench foot, how many were still alive?


Bat Class (Year 2) calculated how long it took the children to lay out 700,000 soldiers in the hall. They worked out that they had spent 5 hours because it is 6 hours from 9am to 3 pm, but they had 1 hour off for their lunch break and 6 hours subtract 1 hour is 5 hours.


Thank you to Jaguar Class in Year 5 for their great questions this week.

If I cut the pumpkins in half and took away 3 of the halves, how many halves would I have?

If there are 1000 seeds in the orange pumpkin and the green pumpkin had one tenth of this amount, how many seeds would the green pumpkin have?

If all of the orange pumpkins weighed 1kg and the green one weighed 500g, how much would they all weigh?


We also loved this from Jellyfish Class.

We used our Maths Eyes to predict which pumpkin we thought looked heavier. Then we measured the weight with our hands.

We had some wonderful questions this week, involving lots of estimating and measuring. Here are two of our favourite questions from lower KS2.

If I planted 150 sunflowers and 50% of them grew, how many didn’t grow?

If each flower has 105 seeds, how many seeds would 5 flowers have?

Our questions are from Year 1 this week.

How may eyes are there on all the gingerbread people?

How many buttons are there?

If 5 biscuits were eaten, how many would be left?