27 July 2017

Pupils from Norham High School have been named as top performers in this year’s national Times Table Rockstars competition, beating more than 150 students from 42 competing schools.

The annual event attracts top mental arithmetic mathematicians from across the country, to compete against each other in a series of times table contests.

The three Year 7 pupils - Michael Croudace, Arron Mcnab and Taylor McDonald - were ranked the best performing team of students in the competition, as well as the fastest team on average to answer questions at random.

The three boys were selected to represent Norham after they wowed their class teacher with their speed, accuracy and concentration in times tables.

The event, held in Leeds, consisted of a number of heats where competitors were tested for one minute on each of their times tables, one to 12. At the end of the final round, the top five competitors from each heat progressed to the next round.

The Grand Final was a three-minute multi-player round involving multiplication and division up to 12×12.

Other activities included maths and Mensa questions, 3D noughts and crosses and an epic air guitar competition.

Executive Headteacher at Norham High School, David Baldwin said: “This is a huge achievement for our pupils, and we’re all extremely proud. At Norham, we work hard to develop our pupils’ maths skills, particularly times tables, because we know that a strong grasp of times tables really helps pupils when they’re faced with new mathematical concepts.  Our experienced teachers work hard to introduce new and fun ways to help our pupils enjoy maths, which in turn supports their knowledge, skills and confidence in the subject. A huge well done to everyone involved.”

Maths at Norham has been transformed recently, with the introduction of a range of fun and challenging teaching methods designed to encouage pupils to really develop their maths skills, rather than simply memorising times tables.

These include ICT and games-based learning activities, which engage students in regular practise of their times tables, and which have been extended into a popular lunchtime and after school club.

Arron said: “I really enjoyed the interactive nature of the competition as it meant I could meet other students from different schools. Everyone was really supported and encouraged, even when things went wrong, participants were given a second chance.”

Michael added: “I really enjoyed the atmosphere, I loved the photo opportunities and the activities in between heats.”

Taylor added: “I loved the extra activities in between the heats and being at the front on show when I was taking part in the heats. I would do it every year if I could.”

Following this year’s success, Norham High School are already planning to enter another team in the 2018 event.

For more information on the Times Tables Rock Stars Event, visit www.ttrockstars.co.uk