Learn your tables - and your life will take off!

November 03 2017

IF you're going to travel, why not do it in style? That was certainly the case for three Bristol Brunel Academy students whose chosen form of transport was the helicopter.

IF you're going to travel, why not do it in style? That was certainly the case for three Bristol Brunel Academy students whose chosen form of transport was the helicopter.

Year 8 students Zhongwen Chen, Tony Lin and Joel Callicott joined maths teacher Sam Thompson and spent 35 minutes flying over the city. 

Taking off from the academy grounds in Speedwell, they took in the sights of the Suspension Bridge, the River Severn and the two Severn crossings before returning to the academy.

The trip was  a prize after the students entered a competition as a team on the 'Times Table Rockstars' website, a gaming educational site that helps students improve their basic numeracy skills.

They 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 practised 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."