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Fun at Maths Challenge

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Young mathematicians put their skills to the test at Bolton School’s annual Maths Challenge. This annual event has now been running for several years and aims to get primary school children involved in maths in a fun way.

Twelve local primary school sent their best Year 6 maths students to compete in the challenge, which involved three timed rounds. Pupils first had to complete a crossnumber puzzle, similar to a crossword but with numbers instead of words as the answers. They then tackled a logic problem in which they had to place things into the correct position on a grid. The final challenge was a speed test where they had to answer twenty questions in the time given. Throughout the Maths Challenge, Sixth Form helpers and Bolton School maths teachers Mrs Wrigley and Mr Heppleston circulated around the room, giving helpful hints and tips to the junior school pupils who needed help to point them in the right direction.

At the end of the evening, the scores for all three rounds were added up and Eagley Juniors were announced as the overall winners. Second place went to St Andrews and third place to Blackrod. The winners received a prize from Boys’ Division Headmaster Philip Britton, and all of the pupils received certificates to congratulate them on taking part.

The Maths Challenge is one of a variety of events held at Bolton School for local children. These include the SHINE programme on Saturday mornings and fun days throughout the year that challenge pupils in many different subjects.  The current programme can be viewed here.

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Twelve local primary schools sent teams to compete

Twelve local primary schools sent teams to compete

Hard at work on the crossnumber

Hard at work on the crossnumber

All of the teams had to work against the clock

All of the teams had to work against the clock