It may be hard to believe but little Natasha Gupta has been a maths student since the tender age of just two and a half.
Natasha, who has yet to begin nursery school, began studying the subject last July. Now aged 3, she is already able to count to 100, and is about to embark upon maths level 4a.
Natasha’s gift for maths may well be genetic as her mum Sumeeta, who is also her instructor, runs the Foyle Kumon Study Centre adjacent to Oakgrove Primary School.
The family moved from their native India ten years ago and Natasha’s dad is an ENT doctor at Altnagelvin Hospital. Sumeeta started her own Kumon centre in July 2012 as her daughter Radhika had been a student at a previous study centre in the city until it closed, and at one in Belfast.
“When I saw the progress Radhika was making, not just with her maths but also in school in general, I thought I would take the opportunity to open a centre myself; I was looking for a career change and thought I could help other students. Radhika and Natasha were my first students.
“I enrolled Natasha just to see how she would get on. She saw me doing Kumon all the time and how much Radhika enjoyed it and she wanted to join in. She has always been a very bright child and she knew her numbers from a very young age, but I was amazed at how quickly she progressed. She loves doing her Kumon; in fact she is the one making me do it every night. She is so confident.”