100,608 correct answers in online maths competition

Maths champions from across the City are celebrating ‘rockstar’ status after clocking up a phenomenal number of correct answers following a week of quizzing on their times tables.

The Top of the Rocks initiative is run by the Maths Excellence Partnership and funded by Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area to drive up engagement and raise standards in Key Stage 2 Maths.

Involving 40 primarily schools across the city, the online competition was launched in celebration of Maths Week England.

Ceri Bedford from the Maths Excellence Partnership said: “Our top 10 pupils each answered over 50,000 questions correctly in the week which is incredible.” 

Top performing schools were St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary, and Park Hall Academy. However the overall winner, Ethan Dutton, from St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School scored a magnificent 100,608 correct answers. 

Ceri added: “It was fantastic to see the engagement throughout the week and the incredible effort so many children put into the competition and so encouraging to hear schools reporting that that the children’s times tables skills have improved such a lot. 

Hannah Davies, teacher at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary Academy, said: “This competition has been such a lift for us and an amazing driver for times tables.”

The Top of the Rocks times table competition will be repeated for Year 5s in January.

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