Parents go back to the classroom

The numbers stacked up in spectacular fashion when families were invited to join their children at school.

More than 50 parents, grandparents and carers were shown how numbers could be fun in a special mathematics session at Bede Academy in Blyth.

Students from Years 3 to 6 were joined by their families for an hour-long number crunching session led by the school’s numeracy lead Martin Lee.

The joint workshop featured the school’s version of Countdown, a times-table race game, magic squares and the letter equivalent of Suduko, called Ken Ken.

Mr Lee said: “We run the session every year and it is very well supported by families who hadn’t realised that numbers can be fun.

“Hopefully they will encourage their children at home and join in with their homework.”

For Heather Christopher, mum of Year 3 pupil Lottie, the session was a far cry from her memories of school days.

“I don’t remember maths being this much fun when I was at school,” she said.

“Lottie really enjoys the subject and she likes it when I come in to school.”