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PUPILS got quizzical in a maths challenge.

Bedenham Primary School in Gosport hosted the quiz for several other schools across the area.

3/2/2015 (NEWS)''The annual Fareham and Gosport Maths quiz took place on Tuesday at Bedenham Primary School in Gosport. ''Pictured is: (l-r) Troy Wadsworth (6), Libby Proctor (7), Sophie Thompson (6) and Matthew Waldock (7) from Alverstoke Infants School who won the Maths quiz.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150191-895) PPP-150302-174613001

3/2/2015 (NEWS)''The annual Fareham and Gosport Maths quiz took place on Tuesday at Bedenham Primary School in Gosport. ''Pictured is: (l-r) Troy Wadsworth (6), Libby Proctor (7), Sophie Thompson (6) and Matthew Waldock (7) from Alverstoke Infants School who won the Maths quiz.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150191-895) PPP-150302-174613001

It was the second year that it has been held with many more to come as the winning sheild needs to be filled.

For Key Stage 1 Alverstoke Infant School finished in first place for the second year running.

Year 2 pupil Matthew Waldock, 7, was on was the winning team this year and last.

He said: ‘Its amazing to win another trophy. When they were reading the places out I had my fingers crossed hoping we would come first.’

Teacher at Alverstoke Infant School, Holly Griffiths, said: ‘It’s a brilliant activity for the children to do, I’m so happy that they have won again this year.’

Newtown Primary School took third place and Crofton Hammond Infant School finished second.

Steven Bullen, Deputy head at Castle Primary School, said: ‘It is important to raise the profile of maths.

‘This day gets them interested in the topic as well as becoming competitive.’

The children were given activities to show off their skills as part of a team including a maths trail, puzzles and the challenging quiz all to gain points and win the maths shield.

Tracy Potter is the executive headteacher at Bedenham Primary School and Holbrook Primary School.

She said: ‘I put all the questions together which I enjoy doing and I hope the children like them.

‘The day is to challenge the children and show them that maths can be fun.

‘Our hope is that they enjoy the day and have a good time learning about the subject.

‘We we certainly be doing the quiz again as it has been a big success.

For the Key Stage 2 quiz, Elson Junior School finished in first place, with Castle Primary in second and Peel Common Junior team two taking third place.

The youngers were joined by pupils from Brune Park Community School to help add up the scores and pass out the papers.

Peter Smyth from Brune Park Community School said ‘The students were invited to come here today. They like to attend the quiz and help with it.’