TV personality makes maths fun for students

Johnny Ball (entertainer, maths populariser and Zoe Ball's dad)did a funtastic maths lecture at St Louis Middle School. The event was paid for by the PTA
Johnny Ball (entertainer, maths populariser and Zoe Ball's dad)did a funtastic maths lecture at St Louis Middle School. The event was paid for by the PTA
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TELEVISION personality Johnny Ball showed pupils that maths plus learning is not such a difficult calculation.

Mr Ball, who presented a number of learning programmes aimed at children, held a ‘funtastic’ maths lecture at St Louis Middle School – showing them that the subject is not as difficult as is often made out.

He was invited by head of maths Gil Turner, who first saw him on TV and once took some pupils to see his mathematical shows in Norwich.

She said: “He talked about how maths is more useful to us than we think. He covered Egyptian and Greek maths and examples of experiments that various mathematicians have carried out such as gravity.

“The pupils were totally mesmerised by him. He’s a really good speaker and very charismatic.”

His visit was funded by the school’s PTA.

n BUDDING archaeologists at Horringer Court Middle School, in Bury, discovered traces of a wall from a Victorian farm house in an area around the school site.

Pupils also tried to find a time capsule buried in the 1980s.

The work was supervised by Duncan Allan, education officer for Suffolk Archaeology.

It is part of a school project to set up an online museum.

n PUPILS at Abbots Green Community Primary School, in Bury, have designed the Easter window display for the Bury Bridal Rooms, in Brentgovel Street.

The school’s class names are flowers and a competition was held for the children to draw their class flower with a winning entry picked for each class.

The artwork will be on display in the shop’s window and their art group, the ‘Art Explorers’, also created 3D flowers for the display.

n BARNINGHAM Primary School has donated £50 to Marie Curie Cancer Care after receiving pots and flower bulbs from the charity, which pupils planted for Mother’s Day.

n If you have schools news, call reporter Paul Derrick on 01284 757828.