GCS Primary students shine at the Taaleem Times Tables Challenge

Last week saw the first ever Taaleem Times Tables Challenge take place. 

Times Tables Challenges are for children who are beginning to understand the concepts of multiplying numbers within a supportive and encouraging community setting.  They provide the repetition necessary for children to consolidate their maths knowledge of times tables and include games involving factors and multiples.

The Taaleem Times Tables Challenge is the first maths challenge between all Taaleem schools and we are delighted that all students did really well, showing off their times tables skills at speed.  We are especially proud of our GCS Primary Students.

The event kicked off with Mr Plunkett, Deputy Head of GCS Primary and Mr Shadbolt from JBS taking on two students.  The results?  Well, let’s just say there will be a rematch!

All the students took part in their various grade levels and had to do one challenge to qualify for the final.  Only 6 students from each grade went through to the final and they had to not only be fast, but also accurate and make sure their handwriting was legible.

It was in the finals where GCS took control and won the Gold medals in every grade. GCS Grade 2 students won all the medals in their category – in fact the 1st and 2nd places only had about 5 milliseconds between them showing the fierceness of the competition.  Out of the possible 12 medals, we won 9 – what an outstanding achievement for GCS.

Well done to all the students  who took part in this fun but challenging event.  We firmly believe that everybody was already a winner to get to this stage of the competition, showing their determination and courage to their level best.

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Mr Bester, Grade 2 Teacher, with the winners of the first ever Taaleem Times Table Challenge 2018

Here at GCS, all the classes from Grades 2 – 5 take part in a weekly interclass Times Tables Challenge and we even have a GCS Top 20 that students compete to be part of.  We are aiming to do another Taaleem Challenge before the end of the year, and we are looking forward to it already!


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