Sixty local primary school children came to Brooke Weston for a morning of maths challenges in a competition devised by the UK Mathematics Trust. We invited Year 6 students from 15 of our feeder schools to take part. Throughout the morning the students worked in school teams on logic puzzles, two shuttle rounds, a number crossword and a relay round.
Maths teacher Nina Smith, who organised the event, said: ‘They are all really keen and all the teachers are really enthusiastic about helping. It is nice to meet some of the students from our feeder schools before they come here. We had a logic round where the students worked through a scenario to solve a problem with their groups, so it was a little bit different from what they are used to in a normal maths lesson. The second part was a shuttle round against the clock where they took one answer and passed it on to another pair and the paper went back and forth. There were time bonuses which made it more exciting. Two other rounds were a cross number and we finished up with a relay, which involved the students running with answers between two groups of teachers.
'They did well at the logic round and all seemed to be having fun. The focus was about challenge and unexpected questions. It was all about having a go and not worrying if they didn't get it all right. The teamwork aspect was also important. UKMT have been doing this competition for three years now, but it is the first time it has been hosted at Brooke Weston.’
At the end of the session all the scores were added up. Congratulations to Broughton Primary students who came first. Isham and Pytchley Primaries shared joint second place while students from Wilbarston Primary came third. Well done to everyone who took part.
The Broughton team comprised Annabelle, Daisy, Patrick and Lewis who all agreed that they enjoyed the relay challenge the best. Their teacher Ms Italiano said: 'We just wanted the children to enjoy it. We have had a really nice morning to consolidate all they have learned during the year in a fun way.'