A CLEVER class of bright primary school children from Troon have been crowned maths champions of Scotland.

Troon Primary School P6 class topped the leaderboard of 6,400 classes across the country to win the Maths Week Scotland trophy from Sumdog, an online educational service that uses games to teach kids.

The successful kids and their proud teacher were given the special accolade by Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney who praised the winning class.

Last week the winning class visited Sumdog HQ in Edinburgh to be presented with the trophy.

Throughout the visit, pupils learned how Sumdog staff use maths in their everyday working life, while also participating in several activities focused around maths.

The winning class teacher Helen Matthews said: “Our day at Sumdog HQ gave the children an opportunity to see games development and a business in action, and widened their understanding of the variety of jobs in this sector. Sumdog helps us in the classroom by allowing us to tailor skills to individuals”

John Swinney said: “The annual Sumdog contest is a central feature of Maths Week Scotland and it is fantastic to meet the pupils that excelled this year and recognise their achievements. My congratulations to the winning class and their teacher for coming top of a highly competitive field.”

Sumdog CEO Andrew Hall said: “Here at Sumdog we believe that every child has the potential to achieve, but some are more confident than others. We’ve designed Sumdog to engage all pupils – especially those who haven’t found learning easy.

“We were thrilled to see engagement with the Maths Week Scotland contest increase yet again this year, with 40 per cent of Scottish schools across all local authorities taking part, and 75,000 pupils answering more than 16.4 million maths questions.

“It has been fantastic to welcome Troon Primary School class 6A and to Sumdog HQ today and recognize their hard work.”

The week long contest took place between September 27 and October 3.

Troon Primary topped the leaderboard finishing 25 points clear of their competition, with an impressive class average of 937 out of 1,000 correctly answered.