Chiefs help kick the fear of maths into touch

PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:51 11 May 2015

Pupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5320-19-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Pupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5320-19-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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The rugby giants are running the Tackling Numbers project in 20 schools helping pupils enjoy the subject with sports-based problems and exercises.

Pupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5337-19-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonPupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5337-19-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Chiefs are helping pupils in Farway and Broadhembury kick their fear of maths into touch with a new programme.

The rugby giants are running the Tackling Numbers project in 20 schools helping pupils enjoy the subject with sports-based problems and exercises.

Community development manager Marc Dibble and his team kicked off the scheme at the start of the new term.

He will be running the project for the next three years, which is aimed at pupils in year four.

Pupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5350-19-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonPupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5350-19-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The youngsters spend an hour tackling numeracy puzzles with a sports theme, such as organising a league table or using shapes to create their own stadium.

Farway pupil Bethany, nine, said: “I like that we do maths with Exeter Chiefs – it’s fun and it’s linked to rugby, so it doesn’t seem like proper maths!”

Marc said: “This particular programme is aimed at those who fear maths. They do not realise they are doing numeracy. As a child, if you do not understand something you fear it.

“They receive support in the classroom to take that fear away.

Pupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5354-19-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonPupils from Farway Primary School were in training with Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Andy Dudley. Ref mhh 5354-19-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

“When you start enjoying it, it is not as hard as you first feared.”

Afterwards the children took part in a game of tag rugby. At the end of the six weeks, the schools will meet for a tournament.

The course is also running at Branscombe Primary School.


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