Inspiring mathmatician brings subject to life for students

MATHS was brought to life by an inspiring mathematician, children’s entertainer and panto star.

Year seven, eight and nine students from Sir Robert Woodard Academy (SRWA), as well as year five and six able maths students from Sompting Village Primary and the Globe Primary, were left spellbound by Kjartan Poskiltt.

During his visit last Wednesday to the academy, in Upper Boundstone Lane, Kjartan wowed the students with his mixture of tricks, number crunching and amazing mathematical facts.

Sue Waton, the learning resources manager, said the students responded “very enthusiastically”, with students saying they had enjoyed maths far more than they had expected.

Since Kjartan got his engineering degree he has worked on children’s TV, presented science and maths programmes, warmed up thousands of studio audiences, toured his one-man show, and played the part of Widow Twankey.

He also wrote the theme tune for the children’s art programme SMart, as well as the title theme and music for the first two series of Brum.

Neill Redmayne, director of mathematics specialism at the academy, said the event was aimed at making maths fun for the academy’s gifted and talented students and the brightest primary students starting next September.

He added: “We are at the start of an exciting journey with my mathematics team, and the future will be a bright one for all of our students.”