Primary Maths

Year 6 Royal Institution Masterclasses

Target Audience: year 6 students that are able and enthusiastic about maths are within easy reach of Exeter.

Format: five workshops at EMS that run approximately fortnightly from 4pm to 5pm in the autumn or spring term.

Aim: to have fun, provide inspiration and challenge, and help sustain enthusiasm for maths

How to get involved: teachers are invited to nominate students towards the end of the summer term of year 5.

Capacity: 100 ( four groups of 25)


Children enjoy lively sessions, which, through games, activities and investigations, develop their mathematical reasoning, problem solving and communication skills.

Within each class, children have the opportunity to explore the subject individually and in small groups, with help always close at hand. The children in a Masterclass always come from a number of schools in the area, so it’s also a great chance to make new friends.

How it works

Classes are free of charge and, owing to the popularity of the programme, we now run the programme in both the Autumn and Spring terms.

Students nominated should be interested and enthusiastic about Mathematics, as well as being from among the most mathematically able students in Year 6 at your school (though not necessarily as measured by test success).

How to join

Nomination forms for the 2018/19 programme have been sent to schools.

We cannot accept a student to participate unless signed forms are returned to teachers and subsequently passed to us.  Without this, students cannot be accepted for nomination. 

As the programme runs straight after-school, local schools are invited to join. However, should you be a teacher at a school outside the Exeter area without a nearer Ri host school and you would consider travelling to EMS for the course, do please get in contact:

Those from further away may find a masterclass series closer to home; an interactive map with the network of masterclasses is available here.

Students will be allocated a place in the Autumn OR Spring Programme.  The dates for both programmes are as follows:

Autumn Programme

Five Thursday afternoon sessions from 4:00pm – 5.00pm (student registrations from 3.45pm) as follows:

4th October 18th October
8th November 22nd November
6th December


Spring Programme

Five Thursday afternoon sessions from 4:00pm – 5.00pm (student registrations from 3.45pm) as follows:

17th January 31st January
7th March 21st March
4th April

Schools will be advised if their students have been allocated a place on the Autumn or Spring programmes once all nominations have been received.

Year 6 Poster Competition

Target Audience: all year 6 students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset

Format: students create an A3 poster on a theme selected by us. The posters are judged by EMS students and winners announced at the end of the summer term.

Aim: to get creative with maths

How to get involved: information is sent to all primary schools, timed perfectly to use post-SATS. Teachers can request to be added to our mailing list by emailing

Capacity: no limit at the moment!

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