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Who’s Counting How Much Fun Goes Into Number Day As Pupils Improve Their Maths Skills

Enjoying Maths games as part of NSPCC Number Day are, from left, Year 6 pupils Amelia Cooke, 11, Courtney Allen, 11, with Year 3 pupils, Petra McNeill, 8, and Darcie Searby, 7.

Who’s counting!  Pilgrim Academy children took part in NSPCC Number Day, raising £207.30 for the charity while gaining valuable skills in Maths. Pupils paid a voluntary amount to wear number-themed non-uniform, before enjoying a day of Maths games, brain training, and quizzes.

Many wore football shirts with their favourite players number on the back and there was even a competition to guess the number of dots on a teacher’s dress - there were 1372!

The event was organised by Maths Co-ordinators Rachel Backhouse (KS2) and Jade Grayson (KS1), with assistance from Year 6 pupils from Tucana and Year 2 pupils from Indus, who helped out on the day, acting as leaders to support the other pupils with the different activities.

Funds raised from Number Day will support vital NSPCC services such as 'Speak Out. Stay Safe', which visits primary schools across the UK to teach students all about the dangers of abuse and what they can do to help.

Year 6 pupil Oliver Woods (10) said: “We’re having such a fun day. We’re helping the other children in the school play number-based games. And later we’ll be doing some Maths Art.”

Academy Principal Andy Clark, who wore his favourite numbered football shirt for the occasion, said the event encourages pupils to increase their Maths skills while having some fun and raising money for a very worthy cause.

Enjoying a game, from left, Year 3 pupils Ashley Steenvoorden, 7, Patrick Bruzis, 8, with Year 6 pupils, Adam Sufin, 11, Oliver Woods, 10.

Playing Connect 4, from left, Year 6 pupils Kaitlyn Brown, 11, Jake Swift, 10, and Year 3 pupil Petra McNeill, 8.

A competition was held to guess the number of dots on Key Stage 2 Maths Co-ordinator Rachel Backhouse’s dress. Also in spotty clothes are, from left, Ida-May Lofts, 7, Petra McNeill, 8, and Kayne Brophy-Metcalfe, 10.

Year 6 pupils, from left, Silvana Ivanova, 10, and Brooke Gibson, 10, guide Year 3 pupils in a game, from third left, Kaleb Bouskill, 8, Darcey Barton, 7, Ella-Rose Gardener, 7, and Tilly Speight, 7.

Teaching assistant Claire Farrell plays dominoes with Erin Drinkell, 6.

Above and below: Pupils join Academy Principal Andy Clark wearing numbered football shirts for the day.  

Enjoying a game of Twister, from left, Zlatimir Tenev, 6, Finley Mountain, 6, and Jessica Danks, 6.