Challenge adds up to fun!

WORKING OUT From left, Chloe Booker and Eloise Borrett from Wimborne Primary. ''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography (132567-240)
WORKING OUT From left, Chloe Booker and Eloise Borrett from Wimborne Primary. ''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography (132567-240)
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GIRLS from across Portsmouth and beyond were tasked with putting their maths skills to the test in a challenge day.

Portsmouth High School played host to eight local primary and junior schools to host a Mathematics Challenge Day.

The schools taking part included Emsworth Primary, Flying Bull Primary, Funtington Primary, Jessie Younghusband, Portsmouth High School Juniors, St Swithun’s Primary, St Jude’s CoE Primary and Wimborne Juniors.

The girls from Years 5 and 6 covered numeracy and shape and space activities.

Pupil Ruby Dale, 10, head girl at Portsmouth High School Juniors, said: ‘It has been challenging, but in a good way. It has definitely pushed us.’

Headteacher Jane Prescott said: ‘Mathematics is a vital skill that transcends many activities we do each day.

‘It is wonderful that the girls get a love of mathematics from an early age and aren’t frightened of getting it wrong.

‘The skills learned teach the girls to concentrate the mind and be confident as the study of mathematics can lead to all sorts of exciting career opportunities.’

The winning team was Jessie Younghusband in Chichester.