On July 5th, the first ever Mathletics World Cup was held at Whiston CLC in Knowsley. Invites were sent out to all primary schools within the Knowsley Local Authority. Representatives were selected from each school to compete in the final at the CLC, a total turnout of 58 pupils took part on the day. Teachers and Local Authority Advisers were also in attendance.
The 58 competitors were split into 4 teams – South Africa, Argentina, Australia and England. Each pupil had to wear a specially designed shirt to represent their country. The competition kicked off with England vs South Africa who played for 45 minutes utilising both LIVE and CURRICULUM Mathletics. It was clear that the final result was going to be a close one! After the half-time whistle had been blown on the first fixture it was time for Argentina to play Australia and again the scores were too close to call! Pupils knew they weren’t only playing for individual success but every correct answer was vital to enable their team to become victorious.
Time for LUNCH!
After all competitors were suitably refreshed it was time for the second halves to begin. The morning session had proved a good taster and pupils now knew what was at stake! Pupils were accruing gold bar after gold bar and racking up the points for their team. Many pupils (including those who had never used Mathletics before) soon realised that Curriculum Mathletics was the way to success as they were rewarded 10 times as many points for using that part of the site.
The full time whistle had now been blown on both matches and it was time for the result. Teams were recalled from all parts of Whiston CLC where they had been using some of the fantastic facilities available, such as iPod’s, iPads and even broadcasting their own radio show!!! The tension could be felt throughout the room packed full of excited pupils, teachers and event organisers.
Everyone was wondering who would take the first ever Mathletics World Cup Throne????
As predicted, it was a very close result with England at last proving they can win another World Cup Title closely followed by Argentina!
The individual prizes were awarded to:
1st place – Luke P – England – Prize = Trophy + iPod touch
2nd place – Abbygail – England – Prize = Trophy + iPod Nano
3rd place – Alan B – Argentina – Prize = Trophy + iPod Nano
The day was a fantastic success thanks to all involved, especially the pupils who set a great example to us all by representing Knowsley in such a well behaved and kind spirited manner. The total Mathletics points achived by all four teams on the day was just under 100,000!!!! These were gained by answering in excess of 15,000 correct maths questions in one day on mathletics.co.uk
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