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Published 24/03/14



Pupils come out on top in schools maths challenge.

CHILDREN from Sonning Common put their numerical skills to the test at a schools maths challenge.

The four 10-year-olds from the village primary school took part in the event at Wellington College together with pupils from about 40 other schools from around the South-East.

The quartet was divided into two teams — the Nonagons, made up of Edward Handley, from Sonning Common, and Jacob Hathaway, from Caversham, and the Hexagons, with Ethan Spiers, from Sonning Common, and Emma Dixon, from Caversham. They are all in year five at the school.

The Nonagons were awarded first place in their group with a score of 132 points.


The Hexagons also scored 132 points, putting them in a four-way tie for first place in their group.

Ethan and Emma then narrowly missed out on overall victory in a quick-fire tie-breaker. Headteacher Chris Hirst said: “I am thrilled that the children performed so well against such stiff competition and delighted that they enjoyed the challenge.

“This competition has certainly inspired our younger mathematicians and improved our pupils’ ability for instant recall of mathematical facts and their ability to answer challenging questions as well as working together as a team. Wellington College were excellent hosts and even provided tea for everyone after the event.

“The children behaved impeccably and were excellent ambassadors for our school.”

The Grove Road school has a history of competing in maths challenges, having taken part in about five a year for the past three years.

The next challenge will be for year 7 and year 8 pupils when they compete in the UKMT United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Challenge.

Mr Hirst added: “We thank our parents who give up their time to help with the organisation and taking the children to the various events.”

Published 24/03/14

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