Pupils at Nottingham Academy threw themselves into all things maths as part of a special UK wide fundraising day in aid of the NSPCC.
On Friday 7 February schools across the country took part using a range of curriculum-based activities, all free and provided by the charity, to liven up their lessons.
Since it launched 20 years ago, 3,500 schools have taken part in fun activities for the NSPCC’s maths-inspired ‘Number Day’ and raised nearly £2 million in the process for the charity.
Money collected so far has been used to protect children through services such as Childline and “Speak out. Stay Safe”, a programme which helps children understand the signs of abuse and neglect and who to talk to if they are worried.
The Academy, based in Sneinton and St Ann’s, combined NSPCC Number Day with the launch of their ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ initiative. The day kicked off with a live band during the morning assembly followed by quizzes and a carousel of Maths activities during the day. The school also held a cake sale at the end of the day in order to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
Gemma Stripling, of Nottingham Academy, said: “We are getting involved in Number Day because our children have a love of Maths, it’s a fun way to prepare our children for the times table test at the end of year four.
“We have been trying to promote Maths in a cross-curriculum way to encourage our children to understand how fun Maths is and how relevant it is in everyday life.
“Our school loves to be involved with different charities but we have worked closely with the NSPCC over the last few years so it is a charity close to our hearts.”
Karen Walker, Schools Service Manager, said: “Number Day is a fantastic way to engage children with numbers and make maths more meaningful, all whilst raising money for the NSPCC.
“Number Day has raised an incredible amount of money over the past 19 years and we are so grateful to all the schools that have got involved. I hope even more schools will join us this year to celebrate 20 years of Number Day and help protect children.”