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Maths Week creations... Pupils from West Gore School hold some of the art creations made for the family maths challenge as part of Maths Week held last week. PHOTO: ASHLEIGH MARTIN

West Gore School pupils have been getting creative by making works of art from shapes as part of Maths Week.

Maths Week is an event on the school calendar which more than 250,000 pupils, teachers and parents nationally took part in every August.

This year was the 21st year Maths Week had been held.

The week was created by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, a registered charity.

West Gore School year 5 and 6 teacher Victoria Kelly said Maths Week was an event which some schools chose to promote to engage families and pupils and to have a fun week with maths.

“We’ve had daily problems [for pupils to solve] every day, so we’ve had a junior, middle and senior problem and they get prizes delivered to them by the end of the day,” Mrs Kelly said.

The school also had challenges in estimating how many lollies were in a jar, just for pupils, and how many balloons were in a teacher’s car, which parents could take part in, too.

“We did a family challenge which we sent home last Friday and they had to do a piece of artwork out of shapes.”

Mrs Kelly said the school wanted to acknowledge the work families had contributed to the challenge.

“The effort that’s gone into them is incredible and the families have done it together.”