Primary Schools' Maths Challenge
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Bolton School hosted its annual Maths Challenge day for local Primary Schools to help get young people involved in Maths in a fun way.
Twenty two Primary School teams took part in the challenges, which were based around an adventure in space! They had to tackle a series of different mathematic activities on each planet including constructing keys and building power packs for their spaceship, spotting the odd alien out and working out the weight of space rocks. After completing the challenges, pupils were able to build their own rockets! Each team was made up of two boys and two girls and they were assisted in the challenges by Bolton School Year 11 boys.
Schools taking part included Brownlow Fold, Ashbridge School, St Matthews, Church Road, Bury Catholic School, Eagley Junior School, Lever Edge, Horwich Parish, Leigh CE, St Philips, Clarendon Cottage, Beaumont Primary, Markland Hill, Gilnow Primary, St Paul's CE, St Peter's Smithills, The Valley, St Pius X Prep, Blackrod, Adlington, Gaskell and St James' Primary.
After a morning of brain taxing puzzles, the teams had a well deserved lunch in the school Dining Hall before regrouping to hear the results. Teams received points for each activity and at the end of the day the winners were Leigh C of E Primary who were presented with their prizes of £100 for their school and a £15 WH Smith gift voucher each by the Headmistress of the Girls' Division Mrs Gill Richards. In second place were Beaumont School and each pupil received a £10 gift voucher; Markland Hill came third, with each pupil receiving a £5 voucher.
This is the second year the event has been held and once again the day was a huge success, becoming another established community event at the school, alongside the SHINE programme and the Language, Sports, Literacy, 5-a-side Football and Science Festivals which Bolton School run for local Primary Schools.