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Count on Norfolk! New campaign makes maths the number one summer holiday activity in county – Education

PUBLISHED: 18:11 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:40 27 July 2017

Tessa, 7, and sister Rachel Deane, 9, celebrate the launch of Count on Norfolk summer maths activity days. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Tessa, 7, and sister Rachel Deane, 9, celebrate the launch of Count on Norfolk summer maths activity days. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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At the start of the summer holidays the last place children want to go is back to school.

Rosiebeth Cann, 9, sees inside maths. Picture : ANTONY KELLYRosiebeth Cann, 9, sees inside maths. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

But a new scheme launched by Norfolk County Council looks to get children playing fun maths games to help boost numeracy skills for youngsters from early years through to 11-year-olds.

The Count On Norfolk campaign was launched at the start of the summer to encourage parents to bring maths into everyday family life through fun activities and play.

The council is hosting free play dates for families at their local library or school where maths teachers are offering to help them improve number skills with games.

The first of the 16 sessions took place at Queen’s Hill Primary and Nursery School in Costessey where children and their parents were able to get hands on with maths by building towers, designing bridges and fishing for numbers.

Launch of Count on Norfolk summer maths activity days. Byron Lugassy, 8. Picture : ANTONY KELLYLaunch of Count on Norfolk summer maths activity days. Byron Lugassy, 8. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Eight-year-old Byron Lugassy said: “It has been really fun and a great day.

“I really enjoyed making the tower out of spaghetti.”

Simon Routhorn, leading practitioner for family learning, said: “We are promoting fun maths activities and doing real world maths life skills.

“This is the second phase of the campaign which begun at the beginning of the summer.

Launch of Count on Norfolk summer maths activity days. Caroline Curzon from Bowthorpe Children's Centre with Thomas Anguish, 6. Picture : ANTONY KELLYLaunch of Count on Norfolk summer maths activity days. Caroline Curzon from Bowthorpe Children’s Centre with Thomas Anguish, 6. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

“No one wants to come and do maths on their holiday but they are learning through fun methods and enjoying themselves.

“The children are really enjoying working to a budget, we have printed off some money and they are playing with budgets figures and getting really involved.”

Mum-of-two Tara Deane, from Queens Hill, said: “We have only been at the school since February but this has been brilliant, being able to come and meet all the parents and have a nice time is great.”

As well as the maths activities on offer there is a selection of healthy snacks with tea and coffee.

Early years adviser Janey Craig said: “We are trying to dispel the anxiety around maths. Because lots of parents have that anxiety as they may not be very good at it and what we done is set up things that can be recreated at home for free.”

Go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/raisinglearners for a list of sessions and activities to do at home.

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