Swindon secondary school raises money for charity by solving maths problems

By Jessica Durston - 6 February 2023

  • Lawn Manor Academy's Head of Maths, Laura Conroy

    Lawn Manor Academy's Head of Maths, Laura Conroy

Pupils at Lawn Manor Academy recently started every lesson by solving a maths problem to raise money for NSPCC's National Number Day campaign.

This event took place nationally on Friday 3 February.

Schools around the country are being encouraged to take part in Number Day, which enables pupils to support the NSPCC while learning more about the crucial part maths plays in everyday life.

Lawn Manor Academy Head of maths Laura Conroy said: "The entire school goes 'maths-mad' on Number Day, with every lesson in every subject embracing arithmetic, geometry or algebra.

“Traditionally, maths has been perceived as a difficult or dull subject, but nothing could be further from the truth. We all come across the need to solve number problems every day, whether that’s calculating the amount of ingredients for recipes, or how long it will take us to perform certain tasks, or how to balance our own finances and budget for future expenses.

"We want every pupil to be confident about maths, and actually have fun with numbers. There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had from cracking a maths problem – and it’s a great opportunity to work together in teams, and draw upon each team member’s talent and individual approach to problem-solving.

“Our pupils and staff really enjoy Number Day, and it’s also great to be able to support an important charity like the NSPCC.”

Lawn Manor Academy is part of the Ascend Learning Trust - formerly the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust.

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