A Gad’s Hill Junior student took the top spot when his school hosted a regional rock-themed maths contest.

Damilola Aina, from Greenhithe, was crowned ‘Supreme Ultimate Rock Hero for Eternity’ in the Times Table Rockstars (TTRS) Kent final.

More than 50 students from 18 schools around the county competed in ‘Rock Wrangle’, where students are challenged to complete online multiplication questions in the fastest time possible.

Ten-year-old Damilola answered an incredible 319 multiplication questions correctly in three minutes. He said: “I was so happy with my score and enjoy practising at home and school.

“I’m looking forward to getting better and better at my times tables and being able to answer them quickly is really helping me solve maths questions in class.”

He congratulated peers from King’s Hill School in West Malling on achieving second and third place before the winning trio was awarded tickets for family days out at London’s number one outdoor activity, sightseeing speedboat experience, Thames Rockets and Kent’s award-winning theme park, Diggerland.

TTRS is the brainchild of former maths teacher Bruno Reddy. A web and app-based programme, it helps children improve their recall of times tables, using a rock theme to encourage, engage and entertain the children. TTRS is now being used in more than 10,000 schools across the UK and in more 15 countries.

Mr Reddy said: “Rock Wrangles are a brilliant way to showcase the talents of the children in their times tables and make maths fun.”

Gad’s maths teacher Mrs Bridget Ostrehan added: “It was a privilege to welcome so many children from so many schools and host such a fantastic event.

“Bruno continues to inspire students with his vision about helping children build maths recall and enjoy it at the same time.”

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