Local children enjoy maths challenge competition at Pocklington School

Four primary school children holding their prizes after winning the Maths Challenge, stood with Head of Maths teacher from Pocklington SchoolYoung maths enthusiasts from Pocklington and the surrounding area enjoyed a day of problem-solving at a Primary Team Maths Challenge held at Pocklington School recently.

Eleven teams of four, drawn mostly from Year 6, represented local primary schools in a range of mathematical activities designed to help develop their teamwork and communication skills as well as stimulate their interest in maths.

The day-long challenge, held on Tuesday November 5th, used questions provided by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT), a charity which aims to advance the education of young people in mathematics.  Teams were tasked with six different rounds of activities including numeracy and logic puzzles.

Clare Bracken, Head of Mathematics at Pocklington School said: “This is the second Primary Schools Maths Challenge we have run this year, and once again it was a great success.  It’s great to see the children working together and they achieved some very impressive scores, with the final results very close!  I’d like to thank all the schools for taking part, their teachers for accompanying the children, and to our Pocklington School A level mathematicians for helping to supervise the event.”

All pupils received a UKMT certificate and the day’s winning team, Warter C E Primary School, were presented with the book ‘Ball of Confusion: Puzzles, Problems and Perplexing Posers’, by TV presenter and maths star Johnny Ball.

Miss Metcalfe, Head at Warter C of E Primary School said: “The children had an exciting day and enjoyed the opportunity to work together as a team to apply their mathematical skills. Thank you to Pocklington School for inviting us to take part.”

The schools taking part were: Wilberfoss C of E Primary School; Warter C of E Primary School; Bugthorpe C of E Primary School; St Martin's C of E Primary School, Fangfoss; St Mary & St Josephs, Pocklington; Melbourne Primary School; Sutton on Derwent C of E Primary School; Kirk Ella St Andrews Community Primary School, Pocklington Community Junior School, Holme upon Spalding Moor Primary School.