‘Mathemagician’ brings spark to times tables

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THE MAGIC of maths was revealed to hundreds of youngsters across Leesland infant and junior schools who spent a day with mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey.

Boys and girls aged from six to 11 years were astonished by Mr Jeffrey’s magic tricks, which were all linked to maths.

The clear favourite was a method of learning the seven times table which saw him transform a large board of noughts and crosses into multiplications of seven.

Jackie Pick, assistant headteacher, who organised the event, said: ‘Andrew certainly made maths fun – it was a terrific experience for all the youngsters at the Leesland schools.

‘He demonstrated to the children how their brains were far better than calculators and reinforced the message that teachers here give, that being stuck on a problem can be the best way to begin to learn.’

Mr Jeffreys spent all of March 31 with the children and put on three shows to make sure all 300 of them were entertained and educated by his unique approach to maths.

Andrew Norris, head of maths, said: ‘It was a fun and enjoyable way to reinforce how to overcome the difficulties we all face whilst being mathematicians.

‘The children were left mesmerised and amazed in equal measures by both magic and maths.’