Hilsea pupils dress up as stars like Freddie Mercury and Cher for day of maths fun

PRIMARY pupils dressed up as stars like Freddie Mercury and Cher to enjoy a fun day of improving their maths skills.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 3:37 pm
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 10:34 am

More than 300 children at Northern Parade Junior School in Hilsea got fully involved in a launch day for Times Tables Rockstars, an app they use to help with learning and recalling multiplication.

They spent the whole day dressed up as rock stars, with younger children dressed as colours, and taking part in competitions to get engaged with the subject, with fancy dress proving popular for all, including a teacher dressed as Adam Ant.

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14/1/20 Children of Northern Parade junior school have dressed up as rockstars for maths day. Pictured: Over 300 Year 2, 3, 4 pupils dressed as rockstars Picture: Habibur Rahman

Natalie Pullen, one of the assistant headteachers at the Doyle Avenue school, said: ‘It’s a really good, fun way of doing it. We had competitions running for the best dressed and who could win the most answers.’

She added: ‘Dedicating one day reinvigorates the children and everyone in the school, showing maths isn’t always that hour lesson once a week.’

Rocksteady Music School, which spends time with the children to help them form bands and play guitars, drums and keyboards, helped them to put on little rock concerts on the day so pupils could perform for their friends.

About the importance of learning and celebrating maths in different ways, Miss Pullen said: ‘It was a very busy day but it was lots of fun - whatever we can do to get the children engaged because there’s so much to distract them.

14/1/20 Children of Nothern Parade junior school have dressed up as rockstars for maths day. Pictured: Over 300 Year 2, 3, 4 pupils dressed as rockstars Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘Lots of children these days need those experiences to have a memory hook to come back to.’