Whitecrook Primary, in Clydebank, have delivered a strong win in the 2018 West Dunbartonshire Spring Maths Contest, organised by Edinburgh-based education technology company Sumdog. Incredibly, five pupils from the winning Primary 7 class at Whitecrook placed among the top ten individual scorers for the region. Commencing on the 16th March, the week-long contest saw 1,131 pupils from 57 classes at 17 schools in West Dunbartonshire competing to win a coveted trophy and the title of West Dunbartonshire Sumdog spring maths champions 2018.
The pupils worked individually in their class groups to answer up to 1000 maths questions each over the duration of the contest using Sumdog’s innovative online learning system. The questions were customised to each pupil’s level of ability based on an initial assessment. Nearly 269,000 maths questions were answered during the week-long contest.
Primary 7 (17/18) from Whitecrook Primary School emerged as champions with a winning average class score of 680 correct answers out of 1000. The highest individual score in West Dunbartonshire was achieved by Kyle from the winning class at Whitecrook Primary School, with an impressive score of 998. Four others from the class placed in the top ten – Adam, Finlay, Polina and Aiden.
Presenting the Whitecrook Primary pupils with their winning trophy on 14th June, Ms Laura Mason, Chief Education Officer at West Dunbartonshire Council, said:
“I would like to congratulate our pupils from Whitecrook Primary for their outstanding win. This is testament not only to the hard work by our pupils but also our dedicated teaching staff. I fully support any initiative that increases pupils’ attainment and learning and this competition was a fun way to promote the importance of maths in an exciting and engaging way for our pupils.”
Sumdog, a highly-engaging learning and intervention numeracy platform which aims to close the poverty-related attainment gap, is now used in 70% of all schools in Scotland.
Sumdog CEO Andrew Hall said:
“We’re delighted to have had so many schools from across West Dunbartonshire compete in the contest. On behalf of everyone at Sumdog, I’d like to express my huge congratulations to all Primary 7 pupils at Whitecrook Primary on becoming the West Dunbartonshire Spring Maths Contest champions.
“Digital technology is becoming an increasingly important and powerful tool for teachers and pupils in the classroom. Used properly, we believe it can make a real and meaningful contribution towards encouraging learning and improving attainment.
“We’re very grateful to all schools who took part for their efforts and for making the contest such a great success. I would also like to thank Ms Mason from West Dunbartonshire Council for taking the time to visit Whitecrook Primary to present the trophy.”