Friday, 18 November 2011

Hovingham Primary School!

I moved on to Hovingham Primary School in Harehills to see Janet Spence, Headteacher, and Jane Fisher, Assistant Headteacher. This is one of my favourite learning places and the work they are doing on maths is brilliant and the outcomes they are achieving are staggering!

Jane had invited me to visit to see how the children were doing in the Mathletics 'Four Nations Maths Challenge' and it was breathtaking; the energy, pace, concentration and enthusiasm were simply wonderful to see as the children competed against other students across the United Kingdom in this brilliant competition. 

Inspired by the Six Nations Rugby, schools and students in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been taking part in the online Four Nations Maths Challenge. Similar in format to the World Maths Day challenges, the children were playing in real time against other young people from schools around the United Kingdom in mental arithmetic challenges. For the last two days students, regardless of age, background or ability from all across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been participating in a range of maths activities from Key Stage 1-5. This is a simply brilliant scheme which supported by some great teachers and support staff is making a huge difference in this rich and diverse community. This little multicultural oasis of maths can teach us all a great deal about success!

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