Pupils are Fountain of knowledge

Young mathematicians from Morley have tested their number skills during a summer camp held at the Grammar School at Leeds.

Children aged 8-10 from 14 city primary schools were invited to the three-day workshop at Leeds Grammar’s junior school, including youngsters from Fountain Primary in Morley. The camp aimed to challenge talented pupils and develop their numeracy knowledge.

They completed interactive tasks designed for children a year older than each of their ages after being selected for the scheme based on their mathematical ability, and also got to attend a lecture at the University of Leeds. The school-based sessions focused on maths games, problem-solving and teamwork, while their trip to the university site saw them complete a maths-themed trail.

Grammar school junior teacher James Shepherd created the event with help from the White Rose Maths Hub, which is based in Halifax.

“We aim to raise aspirations and attainment for more able young mathematicians across Leeds, and provide an opportunity for children of similar ability to work together. We hope to encourage them to think more logically and realise where maths can take them,” he said.

“It’s important for children to see the application of the maths they learn at school, and the camp has done that in a fun way. The children will share what they’ve learned with the rest of their class after the camp – if they can take this enthusiasm back to school it will really inspire the others,” added Helen Chadwick, a teaching assistant at Pool-in-Wharfedale C of E Primary, one of the schools which took part.

The summer camp is part of a government-supported scheme to encourage state and independent schools to pool resources and facilities for the benefit of all pupils. The Grammar School at Leeds won funding to help improve Key Stage 2 maths teaching.