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Mottingham pupils take on City workers on World Maths Day

PUBLISHED: 13:45 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:45 22 October 2015

Pupils from Castlecombe Primary School

Pupils from Castlecombe Primary School

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Six pupils from Catlecombe Primary School showcased the skills they work on in maths clubs at an event at Lloyd's of London last week

Pupils from a school in Mottingham took on some of the sharpest minds in the City as part of World Maths Day last Wednesday.

After exploring the 325 year history of Lloyd’s of London in its award-winning building, 24 seven to 11-year-olds pupils, from schools in Greenwich, Bromley, Newham and Croydon took on top City underwriters and brokers, showcasing the numeracy skills they work on at maths clubs.

Teacher Hannah Marsh from Castlecombe Primary School said: “It was a great opportunity for the kids to show off what they’ve done in our club but also to see how and where these people work, as they could end up there themselves one day.

“We brought with us Geodesic Domes, which are structures made using cocktail sticks, teaching the kids about the importance of triangles and why they’re used in real life structures.

“Everyone said that the children were a credit to the school, and they seemed to have a really good day, by the end some of them were telling the adults what to do.”

The visit celebrated the second anniversary of a three-year partnership between the Mayor’s Fund for London and Lloyd’s Charities Trust - set up to address innumeracy in London.

With one in five Londoners leaving maths behind in primary school, Lloyd’s Charities Trust supports the Mayor’s Fund for London to provide after-school maths support to 2,000 children across 24 primary schools.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, founding patron of the Mayor’s Fund, said: “For London to retain its status as one of the greatest cities on earth, it is vital that our young people

have every opportunity to learn and become the leading professionals of our next generation.

“This starts with being numerate and literate - the Mayor’s Fund for London and Lloyd’s Charities Trust are doing fantastic work to improve academic performance, raise confidence, change attitudes and share best practise in numeracy across London.”

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