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Move over Carol Vorderman, there are New Maths Stars in Witham

Published: 4th May 2012 08:28
Move over Carol Vorderman, there are new maths stars in town.

Young budding mathematicians impressed teachers at New Rickstones Academy, Witham by taking part in a primary maths competition.

Year 4 and 5 students from six Witham primary schools took part in the contest at the Academy, in Conrad Road.

The event was an opportunity for gifted and talented students to be stretched in the vital subject and to have a taste of Academy life.

They took part in activities to assess their abilities, including an hour-long multiple choice paper and practical tasks including solving a murder mystery.

Academy maths teacher Ryan Palmer, who organised the event, said: "The children were absolutely fantastic. It was a tremendous pleasure seeing them in the full flow of mathematical thinking and problem-solving.

"There was a good deal of positive team-building and team-work in play. Students were confidently and clearly focused."

First place in the contest was awarded to a team from Howbridge Primary, with second going to Terling Primary and third to Holy Family Primary.

It is hoped the maths challenge will now become an annual event at the Academy.

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