Students enjoy sum success in challenges

Sam Wright and Edin McGee who topped the Northumberland maths contest.
Sam Wright and Edin McGee who topped the Northumberland maths contest.

Two young pupils are counting their success in a county wide competition.

Beaconhill Primary School pupils Sam Wright and Edin McGee topped the table in a county-wide maths event.

Nearly 900 pupils took part in the Northumberland Sumdog contest, with the pair from the Cramlington school coming out first and second.

Contestants took part in the online competition, which involved children answering 1000 maths questions of increasing difficulty.

Sam won the competition after answering an amazing 989 questions correctly.

The two boys are both active members of the Beaconhill Maths Committee, and have both achieved similar success in previous Sumdog competitions.

Many children from the school enthusiastically took part in the maths challenge.

Officials at the small school were celebrating with three pupils finishing in the top 10 of the event.

Rachael Robinson, maths co-ordinator at the school, said: “This is a great achievement for these pupils, particularly as the children have done this in their own time.”

She added: “Sumdog really engages the children and encourages them to use and apply their mathematical skills and knowledge.”