Using the power of maths to help children’s charity

St Aidan's CofE Primary School acting headteacher Judith Skirving with year6 pupils who took part in an Apprentice style event to raise money for the NSPCC
St Aidan's CofE Primary School acting headteacher Judith Skirving with year6 pupils who took part in an Apprentice style event to raise money for the NSPCC

A SCHOOL managed to make maths fun while also raking in much-needed charity cash.

St Aidan’s Church of England Primary School, in Loyalty Road, Hartlepool, joined schools across the UK for a national fundraising maths bonanza in aid of the NSPCC children’s charity.

The Number Day saw the youngsters take part in a number of fundraising maths activities which raked in £699.

Marie Crowe, assistant head at St Aidan’s said: “We held the event in aid of the NSPCC.

“It was a National Number Day which is endorsed by Ant and Dec.

“Basically our take on it was that we did anything we could to do with numbers.

“So the children had a non-uniform day and they wore anything with a number on, and some even wore onesies – which is a tenuous link I know.”

She added: “We also did an apprentice-style task where we gave some students £20.

“They had to decide which products they would make using that £20, and cost everything up, and buy stock , advertise the product and sell it to the children.

“They really took it on board and we got loads of maths out of it. We then had a board room live in assembly where the losing team got fired.

“We had a Who Wants to be a Mathsionaire competition which was great fun watching the children take on the teachers. The children sang a Christmas song called I Am One Voice which has lots of numbers in it.

“At the end of the day when we counted all the money up we’d raised £699 for the NSPCC.

“We were really happy with the total and actually couldn’t believe that we managed to raise so much in one day.

“The children and the staff had a great time, and with the Apprentice task we realised that we have some right little entrepreneurs. They really got into it, and were quite competitive. It was all good fun and a really good experience for them while at the same time raising some money for a very special cause.”