Counting on success

Sumdog successes  Robin Howarth , Oliver Thew , Ben Elliott, Melissa Fenwick, Lucy Snowdon, Jacob Elliott, Kieran Robson and Grace Castle.
Sumdog successes Robin Howarth , Oliver Thew , Ben Elliott, Melissa Fenwick, Lucy Snowdon, Jacob Elliott, Kieran Robson and Grace Castle.

Pupils at a north Northumberland first school are truly the teachers’ pets at the moment after coming out top in a countywide maths competition.

Sumdog is an online maths contest for all Northumberland schools, which ran for a week last month.

More than 500 children from across Northumberland, at primary, secondary, first and middle schools, took part, competing to answer as many maths questions correctly as possible over the course of the seven days.

And the clever counters at Alnwick South First School won the competition in what was the first time that they had entered.

The pupils answered a whopping 43,267 questions correctly in just a week.

Robin Howarth and Oliver Thew, both Year 3 – made it onto the Sumdog Northumberland Leader Board for being in the top-10 highest scorers in the whole competition.

The school said that the pupils found the contest ‘very motivational’ and added that they can’t wait for the next one.

Not far behind them though were their colleagues at Thropton First School, who came second.

Elsewhere, Shilbottle First School came in seventh place and Amble First School a further place back.

The next contest in the county takes place from May 10 to 16.

Sumdog is a free maths website where students (age four to 14) play games that automatically adapt to their ability level.

They earn coins by answering questions correctly and can use them to ‘buy’ in the shop.This is managed by teacher accounts – through which they can see what their class is doing in real time.