YOUNGSTERS from across Wirral went head-to-head to test their maths skills as part of a special challenge.

Year five pupils from eight schools took part in the event organised by Birkenhead School and proved their talents in problem-solving activities, sports and teamwork exercises.

Each school sent a team of four children and a teacher and in the end St Winefride’s RC Primary School were crowned winners.

Others taking part were: Avalon School, Black Horse Hill Junior School, Dawpool Primary School, Higher Bebington Junior School, Redcourt School, The Firs School, Chester and Woodchurch Road Primary School.

Sara Salter, Birkenhead School maths teacher and challenge organiser, said: "Birkenhead School is very proud of its links with local primary schools and the Maths Department wanted to organise something that could become an annual challenge which primary schools could look forward to at the end of each year.

"There were four rounds in the competition – three in the morning where we sat the teams down and got them thinking about maths problems, then a final active round in the afternoon which involved a relay while also answering maths questions.

"The enthusiasm the children showed was fantastic and we got really good feedback that the day was both fun and educational.

"The teachers said it really encouraged teamwork and all the pupils got to mix with each other throughout the day.

"We had prizes and certificates for the winners, who were St Winefride’s RC Primary School in first place, Black Horse Hill Junior School in second and Redcourt School in third.

"We'd like to thank everyone who took part in the day and we look to welcoming the schools back next year."