Well done to our team that took part in the regional final of the UK Maths Challenge and came third out of 22 schools. Year 8 students Amelia Sulch and Ropa Nyaruwa, and Rajan Khunti and Dominic Cusk from Year 9, in team challenges and problem solving and they will receive certificates for their excellent results.
They were accompanied by teacher Miss Fernando. She said: ‘There were four timed rounds and they had to work together as a team to get the answers. The competition involved all areas of maths and there was lots of difficult problem solving with questions like how many seconds are there from now until the end of the year? There was a shuttle round where the students had to work in pairs. The answer from one pair would be used to help in the next question of the other pair so they were depending on each other.
‘As well as key skills in problem solving, they also used general maths, decision making and teamwork and had fun along the way. Although teams from Brooke Weston have taken part in the Maths Challenge before we have never done as well as this, so their third place win and certificates were really well deserved. They worked really hard and were excellent ambassadors for Brooke Weston.‘
Afterwards Rajan said: ‘The team maths challenge was a great experience to have a go at a less orthodox style of maths that tested teamwork and communication skills. As opposed to a generic maths lesson, this was more intriguing due to the competitive aspect and the tense atmosphere. As well as teamwork, the challenge offered a more creative way of competition, as not only maths was tested, but speed and fast thinking. Overall, the competition was an enjoyable event and it was complementary to our learning inside school.’