Eight-year-old maths whizz takes on world

Yaseen one of ten UK winners in global competition

Maths whizz Yaseen
Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy pupil Yaseen

An eight-year-old boy from Enfield has been crowned the ‘top mathlete’ for his age in the UK, as part of a global competition.

World Maths Day Challenge gold medal winner Yaseen, who attends Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy in Enfield Highway, said he “loves” the subject and found the competition “so exciting”.

The global contest, in which more than one million students from 17,000 schools across 200 countries participated, saw Yaseen and his classmates pit their wits against his peers from around the world. Demonstrating his number-crunching prowess, Yaseen became one of nine UK champions from across various age categories.

Matthew Clifford, headteacher at Kingfisher Hall, said: “I’m so proud of Yaseen, he’s a real star!

“Every correct answer was worth one point towards a student’s score. Pupils progressed through 20 live maths games, of varying difficulties based on the student’s age.

“All our children absolutely loved competing.”

Graham Frickers from 3P Learning, which created the Mathletics platform on which the global challenge is hosted, said: “The response to this year’s competition has been incredible – there is a global buzz about maths.

“Creating a worldwide arena means kids from anywhere in the UK can compete against their peers from both the UK and across the globe. It’s a tough competition and I’m delighted to congratulate our ten UK champions for their significant achievements.”

Yaseen said: “I really love maths, and love winning points. It’s so exciting.”