A challenge to divide loyalty

DEEP IN THOUGHT: Seven-year-old Rose Lapie crunches the numbers with her dad Vincent during World Maths Week at St Gregory Primary School.
DEEP IN THOUGHT: Seven-year-old Rose Lapie crunches the numbers with her dad Vincent during World Maths Week at St Gregory Primary School.

QUADRATIC equations, long division and Pythagoras’ theorem may be consigned to the stuff of school day nightmares for many.

But at St Gregory Primary School in Sudbury, parents were once again called upon to display their maths skills as students marked World Maths Week with a variety of number-based activities.

All the pupils at the school tackled an array of maths challenges, from puzzles to trails.

On Tuesday and Thursday, parents were invited in to work alongside their children and pit their brain power against logic and number tasks.

Donna Ford, the school’s maths teacher, said around 60 parents had attended and survived a multitude of bamboozling questions.

“There was a real buzz around the school and the whole week was absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“Mathematical thinking is very important and all the children right through from nursery to Year 4 took part.

“I think the parents even enjoyed it, though it showed how different things are to when they were at school.”