The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are kick-starting 2018 with their Number Day fundraising campaign.
The charity want to encourage schools across south west London to take part in the campaign that takes place on Friday February 2 2018.
Number Day is a maths-inspired day for children of all ages to go head to head with teachers in maths games with a fun element.
The curriculum based activities include a quiz ‘Who wants to be a mathionnaire?’ inspired by the popular television game show, ‘Who wants to be a millionaire.’ Other games include a number hunt where children have to find the teacher with the correct answer.
Charlie Ali, Schools Service Area Co-ordinator for South West London, said: “It’s so important to have the support of schools across the UK for Number Day.
“Their involvement will help us to protect more children from abuse and allow them to focus on what’s important – their hopes, their ambitions and their education.”
She added: “For 2018, we have new and refreshed activities so everyone can have fun with numbers – even if it isn’t their favourite subject.”
School children are also encouraged to ‘Dress up for Digits’ wearing their own clothing that displays a number and to make a donation in support of the campaign.
All of the money raised will go to supporting the services that fund NSPCC initiatives to prevent all forms of child abuse.
This includes the Speak Out Stay Safe initiative that is designed to teach children about all types of abuse, from neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and bullying.
Speak Out Stay Safe is a programme aimed at primary school children aged 5 to 11.
The charity trains volunteers, and with NSPCC staff, visit primary schools in the UK to help young children develop a better understanding of abuse in various forms, to recognise the signs and how to protect themselves.
Other services that benefit from donations include Childline, a 24 hour support line, where ‘young people can get help and support with any issue they’re going through, no matter how big or small.’
The Number Day initiative has been a fundraising campaign for the NSPCC for over 15 years.
A total of 40 schools in the South West London area have registered for the campaign including schools in Merton, Sutton, Richmond, Kingston, Wandsworth and Croydon.
Schools will receive free resources and maths activities that can be downloaded when they register for Number Day 2018.