School taking part in a festive maths challenge

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Youngsters at a Blyth primary school will be counting down to Christmas in a unique way this year with a special festive maths challenge.

Pupils at St Wilfrid’s Primary School are taking part in an unusual photographic numeracy initiative that is aiming to make learning maths more fun.

Over the Christmas holidays, each pupil is taking part in the challenge where parents and carers are being asked to take a photograph of their child doing a sum in an unusual place – this could be the park, next to a snowman or even during Christmas dinner.

And it is not just the children who will be taking part in the challenge, with staff and parents also being invited to have a go as well – and one has even agreed to do a sum at the altar at her December wedding.

Prizes are being offered to the students who complete the maths challenge in the most unusual place.

Teacher and maths co-ordinator Julia Goss said: “Over the Christmas holidays we have set the entire school the festive maths challenge.

“Both the photograph and the sum are to be brought into school and displayed with the most unusual receiving a prize after the holidays in January.

“We have already had great feedback from parents and staff are excited to be taking part in the challenge too.”

All work and photographs will be displayed and prizes will be given to the most unusual place in each Key Stage during the school’s celebration assembly.