Youngsters from seven primary schools across West Swindon came together at Lydiard Park Academy on 24 January to take part in the Interschool Maths Games.
Nearly 100 children assisted by Year 7 students from Lydiard Park Academy made barely a sound in the LPA sports hall as they played number bond games against pupils from other schools.
The aim was to stimulate maths learning through some low key competition said Nicola Cannon, Key Stage 3 maths coordinator at Lydiard Park Academy who coordinated the project with colleagues at partner primary schools. "We’ve been working together since the beginning of the school year preparing strategies for delivering the new maths curriculum that comes in this September.
Right, Nicola Cannon with children from Peatmoor, Millbrook, Shaw Ridge and Westlea primary, and Sarah Adams from Peatmoor and Sarah Sumner, deputy head at Westlea primary
Below, Year 1 children from Millbrook and Westlea primary schools
"It’s been fantastic to see the different methods for teaching maths in different primary schools All the teachers found it useful to share their understanding of how maths is taught and to work together on common approaches to ensure a smooth transition between different phases of children’s education."
Shaw Ridge primary headteacher Sally Cowell said each school had run their own maths competitions to find who would be their representatives. "Every school sent 14 pupils, two from each group. It’s been a great project that spread right across each school, and a collaborative opportunity to learn together."
Dan Clarke, head at Brook Field primary, said: "It’s been super working together with other schools and the children have enjoyed the solving the maths problems."
Peatmoor primary school teacher Sarah Adams added: "It was exciting to see primary aged children playing games in a fun way with peers of the same age. Every child was engaged with their maths game, and able to use the skills they had been taught in the classroom in a competitive but safe and friendly environment."
Year 6 pupil Daniel Langley from Westlea primary, who was playing Poppy Turner from Shaw Ridge primary, right, said: "Maths is my favourite subject. We’ learning about number bonds at school before we got to Lydiard Park Academy, but not by using time tables. It’s fun to find out how to do maths differently."