BRAINY maths fans have put their skills to the test as part of a national competition.
Teams from four schools competed in the semi-final of the National Young Mathematicians’ Award at Sunderland’s Explore Learning centre in Southwick.
East Boldon Juniors, Dubmire Primary School, Diamond Hall Primary and Wessington Primary all took part in the contest, now in its fourth year, which is run by tuition provider Explore Learning.
Its aim is to inspire children to enjoy the challenges that maths can bring.
Primary schools from all over the country entered a team of four into the competition – two boys and two girls, usually in Year 5 or 6, who solved a number of challenging maths problems.
Samantha James, centre director at Explore Learning in Sunderland, said: “The children from all four schools did a fantastic job to first be picked for their teams and then make it through the first round to our semi-finals. There was a massive amount of competition in the Sunderland and South Tyneside area as the standard was so high, so the teams should all be very proud of how they did. Every child had an amazing attitude and showed real mathematical flair and enthusiasm.”
East Boldon Junior School scored the most points in the competition and the team will find out soon if they have made it through to the grand final at the University of Cambridge, where five of the highest scoring teams in the country will compete to be named the Young Mathematicians of the Year.