Wargrave House – Joint Winners
Coleg Elidyr – Joint Winners
The games created by students for Natspec’s Maths Week 2017 were so creative that there were two joint winners. Coleg Elidyr, in Rhandirmwyn, Llandovery, and Wargrave House, in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, pipped 41 other entries to win the competition.
Maths Week is now an annual event, which is organised by Natspec to find creative and innovative ways to excite and motivate students with maths.
The theme of this year’s competition was Maths: Games On and 128 students from 11 colleges took part. The winners were announced by Paralympic David Smith, OBE. The former Treloar’s student, won gold in Boccia in Rio and was the special guest at the Natspec Conference.
The students from Wargrave House won for their Tens and Ones Café – a race to spend all your money by selecting the correct coins for certain items.
Coleg Elidyr students created a simple board game, called Race to the Farm, played by two to four players using dice and player pieces with a lucky dip element thrown in for added spice.
The purpose of the week is to put the spotlight on maths, an area of the curriculum that can be challenging for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Maths Week gives students the chance to work together and share ideas about effective practice, while having fun at the same time.
The competition was judged by our partner, National Numeracy and the winners announced at the Natspec Conference.
The six finalists in the competition were: Wargrave House, Coleg Elidyr, two teams from Henshaw’s, Blackburn College and St John’s College.
There was a wide range of games and equipment, from obstacle course to games of chance to parachutes and dice.
The games involved a wide range of Maths including counting, positional vocabulary and shape, weight and height, basic probability, money, time, and estimation. The overall standard was very high and there was so much variety that it was hard to come up with a shortlist.