Congratulations to Sophia, Sarah, Emma and Maddy. These four Year 8 and Year 9 pupils competed in the Regional Finals of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge at St Edwards College in the spring term, where they came second. As high scoring runners up the team were invited to compete in the National Finals of the Junior Maths Team Challenge at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. This was a massive achievement as 1790 schools entered the competition and only 88 qualified for the final.
The day began with a separate poster competition. This Year’s topic was ‘The Four Colour Theorem’. The pupils were sent information in advance of the event for research and investigation. At the final, the team made a poster incorporating the materials they had prepared while addressing related questions given out on the day. The main event contained four rounds:
Group Circus Round
The team worked together to solve 8 individual problems within a given time frame.
Similar to a crossword but with numerical answers. The team worked in pairs. One pair had the across clues, and the other pair had the down clues. Pairs worked independently to complete the grid using logic and deduction.
The team competed against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions. Each team was divided into Pair A (given Questions 1 and 3) and Pair B (given Questions 2 and 4). Question 1 could be solved independently of the others, but the answer to each subsequent question is dependent on the previous answer, referred to as T in Questions 2, 3 and 4 (e.g. "T is the number that you will receive.").
The team split off into pairs, with pairs taking it in turns to solve problems. This event involves lots of movement as well as mathematics.
The questions on the day were very challenging and the competition was strong. The team performed well against some of the top performing schools in the country. They also managed to enjoy some sightseeing in London and visited Windsor Castle before returning back to school.
Whilst in London, they also took in a few of the famous sights!