Number superhero designs marvel judges

National Numeracy and Maths on Toast have announced the winners of the summer holiday drawing competition, in which children aged 13 and under were tasked with designing a number superhero.
Three winning drawings have been selected out of over 800 entries, along with a further six highly commended. 
Di Hatchett, National Numeracy Trustee, former Headteacher and competition judge, said: “We wanted to get children thinking about how maths is not just about speed and memorisation but connecting ideas and asking lots of questions! It was wonderful to see so many creative and original entries. Judging them was a real challenge.”
Alexandra Fitsimmons, CEO of Maths on Toast, said “It's been great to see so much imagination given to the idea of a number superhero, and we were really pleased to see so many thoughtful entries that explored not only number skills but ideas about confidence and learning from mistakes.”
Winners will receive a set of maths  goodies, including Number Rumbler, a fun family game which supports times tables and number sense, donated by Maths on Toast, and Snowflake Sea Shell Star by Alex Bellos, donated by Cannongate Books Ltd.


 Winning entries

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Most Unexpected Idea -  Joseph, 7, from Northern Parade Junior School, Portsmouth with his drawing of the ‘Multiplier Robot’

Multiplier Robot drawing

Funniest Character Lucy, 12, from The John Bentley School , Wiltshire with her drawing of 'Calcula-Thor' 

Calcula Thor

Best Artistic Skills - Ben, 12, from The John Bentley School with his drawing of the 'Super Circle' 

Super circle


Highly commended entries in each category:

highly commended











Unexpected Idea -

Lewis, 11, Park Primary

Emily, 11, The John Bentley School 

Funny Character -

William, 9, St Hugh's Catholic Primary School

Sophia, 10, St Hugh's Catholic Primary School 

Good Artistic Skills -

Daniel, 5, Stornoway Primary School

Francis, 12, The John Bentley School


To see more of the winning artwork, including those which made the shortlist visit National Numeracy’s Facebook page   


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