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Bristol Brunel Academy competition winners take to the skies

Bristol Brunel Academy pupils won a numeracy competition and were awarded with an unforgettable helicopter ride

Posted by Lucinda Reid | October 13, 2017 | School life

Pupils from Bristol Brunel Academy had the chance to tour Bristol and the surrounding areas in a helicopter! Three students Zhongwen Chen, Tony Lin and Joel Callicott from Year 8 along with their maths teacher Sam Thompson, spent 35 minutes flying over the city. Taking off from the academy grounds they took in the sights of the suspension bridge, the river Severn and the two Severn crossings before returning to the academy.

Last July, the team entered a competition on the ‘Times Table Rockstars’ website which is a times table gaming educational site, that helps students improve their basic understanding of numeracy skills.

The team competed against other primary and secondary schools in a head-to-head competition over the course of a day. Schools entered from as far afield as Swansea, Swindon and Minehead with a total of 80 students taking part. Bristol Brunel students came out top beating all competition.

Sam said, “This is a brilliant reward for students who have practiced and put a lot of effort into their numeracy skills over the previous school year. The flight was amazing and the students really enjoyed their time in the air. As a mathematician I am passionate about numeracy, and the opportunities it will bring when you have a good knowledge and understanding of it.”    

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