A PUPIL at Eastington Primary School is celebrating winning first prize in a summer maths competition.

Eight-year-old Rupert from Eastington Primary School won a new generation PlayStation PS4 in the Mathletics Summer Exploration Journey.

The four week maths challenge was designed to counteract learning loss during the summer holidays and to help fill gaps in learning caused by school closures during lockdown.

Year 3 winner, Rupert said: "I love maths and can’t wait to try out my prize – I can’t believe I’ve won a PS4.”

Graham Frickers from 3P Learning, creators of Mathletics, said: “The past 18 months with lockdowns and school closures have been especially tough on our children, and many kids have suffered learning loss.

"To counteract it we teamed up with PlayStation to create the Summer Exploration Journey and support our children, helping them to fill the gaps in their maths knowledge and understanding, at the same time as honing their maths skills through fun online gaming and real-life maths challenges.”

Over 44,300 Year 3 to Year 8 children registered to take part in the student-led ‘missions’, completing their choice of a variety of online challenges - including live games where children from all around the globe pitted their maths skills against each other in friendly competition - as well as real world problem solving.

The most thoughtful and unique solutions from each year received the PlayStationPS4 prize.

Commenting on the competition, Zoe Avastu, headteacher at Eastington Primary said: “We’re so proud of Rupert, he’s a real star.”