Maths quiz proves popular with Gosport children

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Students from across Gosport and Fareham schools took part in an annual event hosted by Bedenham Primary School in Bridgemary Avenue.

In its fourth year, participants were quizzed on subjects such as time, angles and problem solving.

The Key Stage 1 prize went to hosts Bedenham A and St Mary’s Catholic Primary scooped the Key Stage 2 honour.

Team members from St Mary’s, Brooke Golding, Sophie Hankin, Jacob Elliot and Jaiwant Joseph, all 10, were left overwhelmed with their victory. They get to keep the shield in their school for a year.

Jacob said: ‘I was really looking forward to it but I was also nervous.

Bedenham Primary School in Gosport, held their annual Fareham and Gosport maths school quiz.  Pictured is: Key Stage 1 maths quiz winners from Bedenham Primary School (l-r) Mathew Hayward (7), Maddie Stevens (6), Ivy Caddick (5) and Olivia Thomson (6).   Picture: Sarah Standing

Bedenham Primary School in Gosport, held their annual Fareham and Gosport maths school quiz. Pictured is: Key Stage 1 maths quiz winners from Bedenham Primary School (l-r) Mathew Hayward (7), Maddie Stevens (6), Ivy Caddick (5) and Olivia Thomson (6). Picture: Sarah Standing

‘I thought we were going to lose!’

Jaiwant said: ‘This is the first time I have ever won a maths tournament and I want to do it again next year.’

Teaching assistant Vicky Elliot added it was a fantastic achievement for a small school.

Tracy Potter, executive headteacher of The Bedenham & Holbrook Federation of Primary Schools, said: ‘I have got a passion for maths and I hope that children will have the same attitude.

I have got a passion for maths and I always hope that the children will also have the same attitude.

Tracy Potter

‘The children are always excited going into the event and are quizzed on what they are doing all of the time in school.

‘It gives them the opportunity to have fun in a competitive way.

‘I think that a few questions we have had today will puzzle adults.’

Kevin Thorns, IT manager at Holbrook Primary School, said: ‘It is a great opportunity for the children to work together and do problem solving in a different context.

‘They get excited in the run up and it is a good competition for everyone in the local area.

‘The challenge brings maths into real life context.

‘There is a lot of naval engineering in the area, which provide jobs in the local area and maths is great for that.’