Outreach in your school

A learning facilitator is sitting on the floor surrounded by children. She holds a game and looks at them with a surprise face.
  • Sorting Office Maths Challenge

    Step into our sorting office in your school and use problem-solving skills to sort and deliver the post on time. This interactive challenge will develop maths talk and supports maths mastery.

    Students will:

    • Count two more and two less to share out parcels
    • Sort parcels by size and shape and see how they vary in weight
    • Sequence number lines, counting in twos to build a giant street
    • Calculate number bonds to deliver letters to the correct doors


    Curriculum Links

    • Reception: Maths, Understanding the World, Communication and Language
    • KS1: Maths, Literacy
  • Outreach session information:

    • Reception and KS1*
    • 45 minutes
    • 35 students max
    • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
    • 10:00, 11:15, 13:00
    • £60 per session


    *This session is differentiated for each year group. To support engagement with the maths concepts, it is available for Reception in Spring and Summer term only.

    Funded by The Portal Trust. Sessions are for non-fee paying primary schools in below inner London boroughs:

    Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and the City of London.


    Sorting Office Maths Challenge resources >

Supported by The Portal Trust.


Outreach sessions are led by our Learning Facilitators. Your facilitator will be in touch by email before the visit to make the final arrangements with you.

To allow for travel time, set up and pack down we suggest the below itinerary. You can suggest different timings at the point of booking.

  • Arrival   – 9:00
  • Set up (1 hour)  – 9:00 – 10:00
  • Session 1 (45-minutes) – 10:00 – 10:45
  • Reset time  - 10:45 – 11:15
  • Session 2 (45-minutes) – 11:15 – 12:00
  • Reset & facilitator lunch  – 12:00 – 13:00
  • Session 3 (45-minutes) – 13:00 – 13:45 (if applicable)
  • Pack down (30-minutes) – 13:45 – 14:15

We require an internet enabled computer with PowerPoint software that is connected to an interactive whiteboard.

We require a hall or large classroom with space cleared for students to sit on the floor in a large horseshoe. This space should be booked for the duration of our visit.

Learning Facilitators have enhanced DBS checks and will bring photo ID. Teachers and teaching support staff must be present throughout the session and escort our facilitator around the school site.

Schools are asked to share any specific safeguarding procedures with us before we visit. The Postal Museum’s safeguarding policy can be read here (PDF).

Our sessions use verbal and visual engagement techniques including Makaton signs.

You can support us to deliver an accessible learning experience by:

  • Providing a suitable space for the session.
  • Making sure you meet the technical requirements for the session.
  • Telling us about specific access requirements and your student’s engagement with maths on the booking form.

Read our risk assessment (PDF) for outreach sessions. Schools are responsible for providing a suitable space for sessions and providing a health and safety briefing.

We request that our facilitators are provided with assistance to carry equipment.