Grant of £21,000 to make maths fun

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Children at a High Peak infant school are sailing towards greater numeracy skills after winning a grant of almost £21,000 to make maths fun both at home and in the classroom.

The donation from Britannia, part of The Co-operative Banking Group, has been made by the member-owned financial services provider as part of its commitment to give back to the local communities it serves.

The funds will enable Hadfield Infant School to launch a programme to develop creative and interactive learning approaches designed to enthuse and engage both pupils and parents in the subject and, take maths standards to the next level.

One approach has seen children become ‘number pirates’, taking part in fun, practical and hands-on lessons. Leading the ‘crew’ is Beverley Kidd, a teacher appointed following the grant win to develop the school’s initiative in this key area of the curriculum and, get both pupils and parents ‘aboard’ with the latest learning strategies.

Christine Taylor, Headteacher of Hadfield Infant School, said: “We are delighted with the support from Britannia. The school is always exploring new ways to challenge and engage its pupils and, places a high emphasis on developing numeracy skills in a fun and enjoyable learning environment.

“These are formative years in our children’s education and, our new programme will use stimulating and interactive learning aids to bring numeracy alive for our 4-7 year-olds. Alongside this, events for parents will provide the tools for family members to further support their children’s development at home.”

Elaine Clews, manager of Britannia’s charitable Foundation, said: “Promoting improvements to numeracy can lay strong foundations that provide the building blocks for greater financial capability and money management skills in the future – helping to prepare the pupils for life beyond the classroom.”