Mention algebra or long division and many children run a mile.
However, one pupil from Harrow has shown his passion for numbers after he was ranked one of the best young mathematicians in the country.
Beeshman Mahen, of Priestmead First and Middle School, in Hartford Avenue, Kenton, was awarded a gold award by the Mathematical
Association after taking part in a nationwide challenge.
The 11-year-old beat stiff competition from 108,000 children to win the coveted award, achieved by only 326 children.
He passed the first stage of the challenge in November, when he scored so highly he was one of 695 pupils invited to the Primary Maths Challenge finals in February.
The competition is for the top 60 per cent of pupils in primary schools and children up to the age of 11 took part.
Councillor Christine Bednell (Conservative), portfolio holder for schools and children's development, said: "This is great news for Beeshman and for Harrow. Teachers work hard to encourage our pupils to reach their full potential."