Thursday, 4 June 2015

Harold Hill Maths Competition

Budding Harold Hill mathematicians took part in a maths competition at Broadford Primary. Competing in teams of three, the pupils had to use their mental skills to make the number 24.

Every card has the same answer... 24 but the way that you make it (using addition, multiplication, addition and subtraction) differs greatly from one card to the next.

You have to be really fast with your calculations, or the other children will beat you to the card! At first I was a bit nervous, but the more we played the better I became. I can't wait to get back to school and practice more so I become even quicker.
Ruth - Hilldene Primary

Teams from Hilldene, Broadford, St Ursula's Junior, Mead and Pyrgo Priory all took part in the event. The pupils moved around different groups for six rounds. At the end their individual scores were combined to make a team total. The inaugural winner of the event was the Year 5 team from St Ursula's Juniors, who scored a huge 128 points! Broadford Primary finished runners up... but the real winner was Maths.

I love this game. It's so quick. You know what the answer needs to be but the calculations can be quite tricky. Now that we have practised I feel much more confident and can't wait to get even better.
Isaac Stevens - Broadford Primary

Why are Harold Hill schools taking part in this event? The schools believe that mental maths and having confidence with calculations from an early age are the keys to a successful future. The program is supported by the Mayors Fund for London.

"Numeracy is a key area that my team wants to help tackle in schools. London schools are doing well but can do even better, and I applaud the Mayor’s Fund for London in its efforts to help thousands more young Londoners develop an ability that will be vital for their future employability."
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Count on Us also delivers maths projects in London primary schools through Maths Clubs, a Maths Challenge and Count on Us Parents.

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