Snakebite subtracts with Bullseye Maths
The Double World Champion, Peter Wright is the newest athlete to join with the PDC and Nottingham Collage’s Room 180 and help students with their Maths skills.
Working with children’s charity, Mathsontoast and online games expert, GoDartsPro the PDC have implements a new way for kids to find interest in the subject of maths using the beautiful game.
Wright visited Lark Hall Primary school in South London on Wednesday, to help give his advice and expertise on the game whilst helping students with their Maths studies. Joining other pro-players such as Joe Cullen, Michael Smith, James Wade, Devon Peterson and Demon Heta, Peter becomes the 6th pro-player to join in and provide education to younger students.
The school sessions have been incredibly popular with children and the programme has had some hugely popular feedback:
- In general, the pupils like maths, with 59% saying they look forward to maths lessons and 63% saying that they enjoy learning about maths.
- However, 56% of pupils said they think playing darts will help their maths and 73% said they think learning maths will be easier when taught as part of a game. This went up to 81% following the Bullseye Maths class.
- 92% of pupils said they enjoyed the Bullseye Maths class and 90% said they would like to do it again as part of a maths class.
- 69% of pupils said the Bullseye Maths session helped them with their odd and even numbers and 56% of pupils said the Bullseye Maths session helped them with their 2 & 3 times tables.
Peter Wright, said: "I wasn’t very confident with maths when I was younger, but darts helped me improve with numbers, and hopefully it will help the kids in the future with all areas of life - even simple things like making payments.
"I thought today's session was brilliant. Bullseye Maths is a great idea and you could see how much the kids enjoyed it. I really hope it takes off and starts to become part of all school lessons."
Matt Porter, PDC Chief Executive, said: "School closures during the pandemic meant many young pupils saw their education disrupted at a crucial time in their development, and as a sport that requires a degree of numerical ability, we wanted to see what we could do to support young children and their families with maths.
"Working with some fantastic partners, we launched Bullseye Maths ahead of the Cazoo Premier League in February, and it has been great to see the children trying and enjoying darts during the sessions so far and improving their maths in the process.
"The online games and activities, along with the in-school player visits, aim to inspire and engage children to want to learn and ultimately improve their confidence with numbers in everyday life. We have had some incredibly positive feedback so far, and look forward to building the programme out to reach even more children across the UK."
Adam Barnard, Lark Hall Primary School, said: "We always enjoy ways to make our lessons fun and engaging for the students, and the Bullseye Maths session was a fantastic experience for our 21 pupils taking part.
"You could see by how much they got involved with all aspects of the session, both the worksheets and the playing darts, that they loved it, and having the World Champion, Peter Wright passing on tips and talking about maths was something they will never forget."
Gary Horsley, from Nottingham College's "Room 180 Academy" who runs the Bullseye Maths sessions, added: "All of the schoolchildren we've been involved in Bullseye Maths over the last four months have enjoyed the sessions and we’ve had so much positive feedback from them and their teachers.
"To take the World Champion into Lark Hall School on National Numeracy Day was a great experience for the pupils who took part in this session. We can't wait for the next one!"
For more information about Bullseye Maths, please visit pdc.tv/maths