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Top marks for city kids in Sumdog challenge

HUNDREDS of children in Swansea have put their gaming skills to the test to help improve their maths.

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As part of Swansea Council's drive to make maths fun and to boost numeracy, children were invited to take part in a computer game contest to achieve the highest score by answering maths questions.

The results from the Sumdog challenge have now be published and reveal 870 students in 11 schools took part and they answered a staggering 286,272 maths questions correctly in the seven-day challenge.

Will Evans, the Council's Cabinet member for Learning and Skills, said: "It is vitally important for children to engage with maths and learn it is not something to fear but can be fun.

"We recognise that to do this we must explore initiatives which capture their imagination.

"Congratulations to all schools and pupils who took part in the competition".

YGG Y Login Fach was the overall winner with an average score of 489 points among its pupils.

And Bishop Gore School pupil Han Xuanyuan was the overall individual winner with a score of 967 correct answers.

Han, aged 12 and in year eight, said: "I entered the Sumdog challenge mainly because it sounded fun and I wanted to see for myself what it looked like. I really enjoyed the social aspect of the game - it's great to compete with people from around the world."

Lynwen Barnsley, Swansea Council's Mathematics Advisor to schools, said: "We are delighted at the response from pupils and schools.

"Sumdog is just one of the websites which schools can use to engage pupils to develop and practise the numeracy skills that are a vital part of doing mathematics."

The pupils played games which were based on answering maths questions. The contest took account of school size and results were calculated accordingly so that everyone would have a fair chance of winning.

The full results can be found at: http://www.sumdog.com/contests/WALES-SWANSEA-DISTRICT-REGIONAL-1350028800/results

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