You can count on Chilton Primary School when it comes to supporting the NSPCC Number Day fundraiser.
Once again children and staff joined in with the annual nationwide initiative, dressing up in either rock star outfits linked to their Times Table Rockstar characters, in number themed clothing, or as Maths Superheroes.
A Countdown challenge, based on the popular television numbers and words quiz show, started the day in a packed assembly hall.
Teachers Amy Tammaro and Helen Rowland-Hill co-ordinated the competition that featured four rounds testing children on their times table and spelling knowledge. Scoring was undertaken by Mr Wheeler; Mr Abel was in charge of the Maths corner and Mrs Bax was the dictionary whizz checking the children’s answers in the spelling round.
The organisers said: “The children showed excellent courage and resilience in applying problem solving strategies to the challenges.
“During the competition, pupils in the audience were also encouraged to get involved and it was fantastic to see the high levels of engagement from all. The teams were made up of the different houses: Romans, Normans, Saxons and Vikings. After a close score all the way through, Romans ended up victorious in first place. All the children received a prize for entering.”
The rest of Number Day was focused around mathematical learning where teachers planned a range of engaging activities linked to their year group skills.
There was also a Times Table Rockstar computer competition, ‘NSPCC Rocks’, in aid of raising awareness of the NSPCC charity. All Key Stage 2 classes took part where Team Cobalt won with the most active players.
For the final part of a busy day, parents were invited into school for a Maths challenge workshop with their children – together they focused on a specific problem solving skill and enjoyed some mathematical learning together.
Head of School Kate Law said: “Fundraising is an important part of life for our Chilton community.
“The NSPCC is an extremely valuable organisation that does outstanding work helping and supporting children. We are proud that we can always count on our children, staff and families to give their total support and I am pleased to say we raised more than £400 for the NSPCC.”
The NSPCC state: “We’ve been protecting children for over 100 years. Over 5 years, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, volunteers and staff, we helped to make more than 6.6 million children safer from abuse.
“We’ve developed new services to help families, campaigned to change laws, shared information about abuse and how to recognise it, and developed new tools for children, parents and professionals.” To find out more go online to www.nspcc.org.uk.