A group of schoolchildren in the area took part in a first of its kind intensive maths competition.

Aylward Primary School in Stanmore hosted the first ever “24 Game” maths challenge for children from six other schools in Harrow, on May 25.

The pupils competed first as individuals and then as part of school teams in four rounds with mixed mathematical tasks. The 24 Game was devised by the engineer Robert Sun who wanted to teach children the relationship between numbers through a game.

The fifth and final round saw the four highest scoring children battle it out for a top prize. Students from Bentley Wood High School for Girls helped to run the event.

A spokesperson said: “Bentley Wood High School were impressed with the mental maths skills of the Year 4-6 children. We hope to expand to eight schools for spring 2019’s competition.”

Sabrina, a Year 5 pupil from Aylward, said: “It was an exciting activity and our team was determined. Each table was headed by a Bentley Wood pupil and we switched tables in every round.

“After 5 rounds we waited for Mr Pearce’s announcement of the winners - -t was Aylward. I could not believe my ears. I had an amazing time.”