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Local Primary School Deemed Noughty

July 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
A local primary school has added itself to the record books by creating the world’s biggest number.

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Pupils and staff from Holy Trinity Primary School in Cookridge helped to bring to life a number with around 400 zeroes. The number, known in the mathematical world as a sesexagintilliard, had each of its many zeroes designed by the children at the school as a half term project.

On 8th July everyone lined up across the playground to create the giant number.

Children at Holy Trinity make the worlds biggest number

A photograph from a helicopter captures the scale of the event.

The children each decorated their own unique, cardboard zero. The designs ranged from the edible of a doughnut to the famous in Spongebob Squarepants.

Simon Deacon creator of the record breaking idea, who nicknamed it “The Big One”, had been working with the children all week for the school’s Maths Week.

Mr Deacon of North Leeds First Class Learning said: “I knew The BIG One would be impressive but didn’t quite appreciate the background work required. The PTA have been incredibly supportive and I’d like to say a BIG thank you to everyone involved. It was fantastic to see the original idea taking shape and I thoroughly enjoyed the BIG day.”

The children were also treated to a visit from the Lord and Lady Mayoress who helped in creating the record.

Lord Mayor Holy Trinity Leeds LS16Lord Mayor Cllr Rev Alan Taylor.

Headteacher at Holy Trinity, Mr Pickles was proud of the children and his school in being involved in the project.

He said: “It was exciting to see the children bringing their decorated zeroes back after the half term break and it shows their enthusiasm for all things mathematical. They have worked really hard and The BIG One was a memorable end to the maths week.”

Plans are underway to break this years record with an event in 2012 involving all North Leeds primary schools.

A massive well done to all the pupils, teachers, mums and dads who were involved with this record breaking project! Please help all the pupils at Holt Trinity share their good news and further help put our local area on the map by sharing this wonderful story with your friends on Facebook

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