Math ‘a’ magicians come to Dungannon school

Cahoots NI's  Math 'a' Magician's Victoria and Caolan are joined by Paidin Loughran, Danske Bank with Mrs McAuley, Mrs Ward, Lucy and Jack From St. Mary's PS, Lisboy.

Cahoots NI's Math 'a' Magician's Victoria and Caolan are joined by Paidin Loughran, Danske Bank with Mrs McAuley, Mrs Ward, Lucy and Jack From St. Mary's PS, Lisboy.

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PUPILS from a Dungannon Primary School got a taste of some mathematical magic last week when Cahoots NI visited their school as part of their Lights, Camera, Math ‘a’ Magic’ tour.

Key Stage 2 pupils from St Mary’s PS. Lisboy and their teachers were bamboozled and delighted by the extraordinary feats of mathematical mind reading illusion, accompanied by a visually engaging multi-media show.

At the end of the performance pupils were presented with their very own Cahoots Ni Math ‘a’ Magic book which contained instructions and guidance on how to become a Math ‘a’ Magician- a fantastic learning tool.

This new show encompasses all of the maths, magic and illusion of the first Math ‘a’ Magic show but on a larger scale and with an incredible multi-media twist. This hugely successful show is back on the road, thanks to support from Danske Bank.

Paidin Loughran, Danske Bank Dungannon said: “Our innovative partnership with Cahoots NI continues to bring maths learning to life in a fun way, and is a central part of Danske Bank’s community programme. Not only is maths in the classroom, it is all around us every day at home and at work. At Danske Bank we are committed to ensuring that young people become more confident with both maths and money in order to help them prepare for managing their finances in later life. We hope all pupils will enjoy the fantastic show created by our friends at Cahoots NI and that they will be enthused enough to amaze teachers, friends and family using the handy booklet at home and in the classroom.”

We are delighted to be touring our Lights, Camera, Math ‘a’ Magic show to schools across Northern Ireland,” says Cahoots NI Artistic Director Paul Mc Eneaney. “We hope to bring this production to an estimated 8000 Key Stage 2 pupils in the forthcoming months. The Lights, Camera, Math ‘a’ Magic performance will combine the mystery of magic with the magic of maths to make an unforgettable multi-media learning experience,” explains McEneaney.

Lights, Camera, Math ‘a’ Magic links to the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 2 across disciplines such as Mathematics and Numeracy, Language and Literacy, The Arts and Personal Development and Mutual Understanding.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is Cahoots NI’s core funder. Gavin O’Connor, Youth Arts Development Officer at the Arts Council said: “The Lights, Camera, Math ‘a’ Magic show is a wonderful example of Cahoots NI bringing world class theatre and learning direct to children in Northern Ireland. The Arts Council has long recognised the value and mutual benefits to be gained through the arts and the business sectors working together and we wish Cahoots NI every success with this school tour.”