Let's Go Maths

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started15th Jan 1985
ended17th Mar 1986
last rpt24th Mar 1988
4 school years
duration10 mins
age rangeAge 5-7
languageenIn English
ITV infant mathsHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious series: 1 2 3 Go! Next series: Maths is Fun HierarchyNext.gif

Let's Go Maths is an ITV schools TV series from the 1980s, covering Mathematics for primary school pupils.

Lesley telling a story

A maths series for children in their first year of school, based on stories about a prince and princess who live in a castle far away, and their adventures with the king and queen, their pets and the castle staff. The stories are told by Lesley Judd with the help of a large model castle in the studio, with wooden models of all the characters.

As well as the stories themselves each episode includes an activity based on the story, such as matching three caves to three dragons or arranging six horses in different ways. There is also a song an animation for each number from one to ten, with animation. Each term ran through the numbers one to ten, so each song was shown twice throughout the series.

After four years of Let's Go Maths the series was replaced by a similar programme also presented by Lesley Judd called Maths is Fun, this time telling stories about a normal boy and girl who live in a small village.


# Title Broadcast
1. The King's New Crown 15 Jan 1985
2. The King Has Lost His Socks 22 Jan 1985
3. New Homes for Dragons 29 Jan 1985
4. The King's Birthday Pudding 5 Feb 1985
5. Five Naughty Kittens 12 Feb 1985
6. All the King's Horses 26 Feb 1985
7. Seven Noisy Drummer Boys 5 Mar 1985
8. The King's Apples 12 Mar 1985
9. Let's Count the Ducks 19 Mar 1985
10. Ten Surprises for the King 26 Mar 1985
11. A Sunflower for the King 23 Apr 1985
12. Look Who's in the Mirror! 30 Apr 1985
13. Three Squeaky Dragons 7 May 1985
14. The Queen's Birthday Party 14 May 1985
15. The King Loses His Crown 21 May 1985
16. Six Thirsty Horses 4 Jun 1985
17. The King's Blackberry Pie 11 Jun 1985
18. The King Makes a See-saw 18 Jun 1985
19. The Dragon Who Couldn't Sleep 10 Mar 1986
20. Over the Palace Wall 17 Mar 1986

In the first year of broadcasts the series was shown during the spring term (10 weeks) and summer term (8 weeks), so there was only time to show the first 18 episodes. Episodes 19 & 20 were first shown in the next academic year when the series was broadcast in the autumn term and spring term (both 10 weeks).

Nevertheless the 1984-85 teacher's notes to the series included descriptions of episodes 19 and 20 with a note that the episodes would not be broadcast until spring 1986, so that teachers who bought the notes in the first year could re-use them next year without missing out on details of the final 2 episodes.

Theme Music

The Let's Go Maths theme song had six verses altogether, and several of them were sung at the start of each episode. The final verse was always:

To visit this palace,
We don’t have to go,
Through woods or along rocky paths.

There's a much quicker way,
We just have to say
"Let's… Go… Maths!"

There were also two special verses for the closing theme.

The theme song was written by Barry Hill, with music by Derek Hilton[1].


Stories Barry Hill

John Coop
Ursula Daniels

Graphics Jane Drake

Pete Beard

Songs Gill Daniell
Singer Marian Davies
Adviser Des Wilson
Music Derek Hilton
Designer Denis Parkin
Director Dave Warwick
Producer John Coop


Pupils' books

Pupils' book covers

Each of the stories was told in a small children's book, with the full text for adults to read on the left pages, and illustrations with simple captions for children to read on the right.

The books originally cost £3.50 for a set of 10 covering an entire term, later rising to £4.15 per term.

Teacher's notes

Teacher's notes

A booklet of notes covering the entire school year, with background to the series, descrpitions of the story and activity in each episode plus words and music for all of the songs and suggestions for follow-up work.

The notes were written by the series adviser Des Wilson, principal lecturer from the Maths Education Centre at Sheffield City Polytechnic.

Wall frieze

Wall frieze

A collection of 12, full-folour A4 sheets to be displayed on the classroom wall. They show 1 king, 1 queen, 2 children, 3 dragons, 4 cooks, 5 kittens, 6 horses, 7 drummers, 8 soldiers, 9 ducks, and 10 windows on the castle.



All ten number songs from the series, plus the full opening and closing theme songs, were available on an audio cassette

The cassette was produced by Mercury Music Company for Granada Television, catalogue number CHI 002. By 1987 it cost £2.85, including 37p VAT.


  • 1984-85: Tuesdays 9:47am, repeated Thursdays 11:02am
  • 1985-86: Mondays 11:08am, repeated Wednesdays 9:52am
  • 1986-87: Mondays 11:07am, repeated Wednesdays 9:30am
  • 1987-88: Mondays 10:21am, repeated Thursdays 9:52am

Sources & References

  • Thames (1987) ITV Schools Annual Programme 1987/88. London: Thames Television
  • Wilson, Des Let's Go Maths teacher's notes 1985. Manchester: Granada Television
  • Wilson, Des Let's Go Maths teacher's notes 1985-86. Manchester: Granada Television
  • with thanks to Andy Charles & Robin Carmody
  1. Words and music credits for all of the individual songs were given on the sleeve to the Let's Go Maths cassette.



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