Maths event adds up to a great success

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PUPILS from Filey Junior School put their brains into gear for an international maths tournament.

The youngsters, from year groups across the school, took on 5.3 million counterparts from 218 countries during World Maths Day.

The computer-based quiz formed part of the World Education Games scheme, and allowed children to answer various mental arithmetic challenges in one minute quizzes and gain points against a host of other children.

It was the school’s second consecutive year in the competition and it recently signed up to the Mathletics scheme, allowing pupils to test themselves daily in a variety of number-crunching challenges.

More than 428 million correct answers were logged across the world during the event and assistant headteacher Ian Grice said it had once again proved a great success and given the children the chance to look at maths from a different angle.

He added pupils Jacob Head, Joe Britton, Rose and Jane Baker and Ellery Liley will all receive certificates for their stirring efforts in the quiz.

He said: “The children get such a buzz from doing these kind of activities.

“Another nice element was that as the children started the game and found out who they were playing against, the country showed up on the computer so it gave them the geographical aspect too.

“It was a really positive experience for the children and was it was good to generate some enthusiasm about maths.”