PUPILS from a Powys primary school have been showing off their magnificent maths skills by topping the tables at a national competition revolving around times tables.

Children from Years 3-6 at Ysgol Trefonnen in Llandrindod Wells competed in the NSPPC Rocks tournament on Friday, February 2, to celebrate NSPCC Number Day.

The competition is linked to Times Tables Rock Stars, with Ysgol Trefonnen finishing 5th overall in Wales, out of 119 schools.

They were in the top 100 schools in the UK too, finishing 71st out of 3,793 schools.

Among the classes, Dosbarth Tryweryn were crowned Welsh winners as they finished 1st out of 613 classes; 12th out of 22,268 classes in the UK.


In the individual rankings, the top 3 in Wales was all made up of pupils from Trefonnen, with Mabli topping the leaderboard, coming 1st out of a massive field of 8,257 pupils. Carys was 2nd and Elin was 3rd. Team members Ffion, Lucy, Skye and Abi, meanwhile, were all in the top 50 pupils in Wales.

Mabli was also inside the top 50 pupils across the whole of the UK. She came 44th out of the 227,535 total pupils who competed.

Times Tables Rock Stars is a maths programme that takes all the worry out of learning times tables and has a proven track record of boosting children’s fluency and recall in multiplication and division.

In the tournament, every correct answer counted towards the class and school total, and then an average number of answers per pupil was calculated to create the leaderboard.

One of the aims of NSPCC Rocks is to raise awareness of the fantastic work of the charity. If you would like to find out more or would like to make a donation, visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/.