King's St Alban's

17 June

Year 6 embrace competitive maths challenge

The United Kingdom Maths Trust (UKMT) Maths Challenge took place at Bromsgrove School earlier this week, to which King’s St Alban’s took two eager teams. The event proved a fun-filled and engaging way for our two teams of Year 6 pupils to exercise their mental arithmetic and problem-solving skills.

By way of explanation, the Maths Challenge is a competition which gives pupils the opportunity to engage in a number of tricky mathematical activities whilst also developing their teamwork and communication skills. Each team consists of four pupils from schools across the United Kingdom. The initial rounds of the competition take the form of dozens of regional competitions, with high-scoring teams competing in a national final.

In total there were thirteen teams competing from six different schools at our regional competition. The pupils started with a cross-number challenge, followed by a speed round and shuttle round. The day ended with a suspenseful and adrenaline-filled relay round. One pair had to solve a question, sprint to the teacher to get it checked, then run to the other pair with the next question.

The King’s St Alban’s pupils worked together and played to their individual strengths. Overall, it was a riveting, demanding experience that really stretched even the most able mathematicians. Having the chance to participate in a competition like this is a great experience. Well done to all those who represented King’s St Alban’s.