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Schools count down to NSPCC's Number Day

Number Day is a maths-inspired fundraising event

SCHOOLS are being encouraged to to take part in the NSPCC's annual Number Day.

The maths-inspired fundraising event is for children in nursery through to secondary school, with free downloadable activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

Some of these curriculum-based activities - including Blockbuster and Who Wants to Be a Mathionnaire? - take inspiration from gameshows.

Pupils are also encouraged to `dress up for digits' and make a donation to wear an item of clothing with a number on it.

Funds raised will help support vital NSPCC services including Speak Out Stay Safe which visits primary schools to teach children about the dangers of abuse and what they can do if they need help.

In the last academic year, the NSPCC Schools Service reached more than 65,000 primary-age children in more than 350 schools across Northern Ireland with Speak Out Stay Safe workshops and assemblies.

"We are hoping for lots of schools to sign up to what can be a great day of learning and play," said Karen Walker, Schools Service manager in Northern Ireland.

"By getting children involved in our numbers-based activities you can also help us be there for children when they need us most.

"This year we've refreshed our materials to ensure everyone can join in the fun - even if maths isn't their favourite subject.”

:: To take part in Number Day on February 1, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/numberday.

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