SCHOOLKIDS in East Renfrewshire have been given ‘sum-thing’ to think about as they take part in a maths challenge.

Maths Week Scotland, which runs from today until Sunday, October 4, is part of the Scottish Government’s drive to encourage positive attitudes to numeracy.

Among those taking part are pupils at Hillview Primary, in Barrhead, which has been awarded funding to produce maths homework bags in a bid to increase parental and pupil engagement.

There is also a grant for Woodfarm High, where children will stage a special celebration of the Rubik’s cube.

Each pupil from S1 to S3 will make a Rubik’s themed hexaflexagon from paper to keep and take home, with 30 youngsters set a challenge to solve a Rubik’s cube for the first time by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, Busby Primary has been handed funding to stage a competition that will see pupils designing an outdoor maths game, as well as enjoying live streaming opportunities to explore maths and speak to mathematicians.

In Newton Mearns, maths will be at the centre of outdoor learning at Crookfur Primary, while children at Hazeldene Family Centre will take part in a project called Counting On Fun With Numbers.

Katie Oldfield, Maths Week Scotland co-ordinator, said: “So many schools have come up with really exciting activities that put maths where it belongs – at the heart of learning.

“Maths has a role to play in so many daily activities and across so many different careers and it is fantastic that Maths Week gives teachers and children the chance to think about the subject in different ways.”

For more details, visit www.mathsweek.scot.

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