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Maths Pupils Enjoy Competition Success

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Our maths department has enjoyed some successes this term, with a number of pupils entering and placing in maths competitions.

Mathematical Olympiad for Girls

Lottie Knill was awarded a distinction which places her in the top 25% of those who took part. The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is a competition reserved for only the best female mathematicians, so this is a very impressive result.

This competition is a 2.5 hour competition consisting of five challenging problems aimed at girls and young women across the UK. Each problem requires a full, written solution, placing more emphasis on fully justifying a solution than simply getting the correct answer.

Senior Maths Challenge

Lottie was also awarded a gold certificate alongside fellow pupils Will Smeed, Chris Gu, and Victoria Zhang for competing in the Senior Maths Challenge. All four have been invited to compete in the follow-on round, the Senior Kangaroo.

The Senior Maths Challenge is a 90 minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at pupils across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Senior Maths Challenge are designed to make pupils think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

Senior Team Maths Challenge

Lottie, Chris and Victoria, and Tommy Richardson-Jones formed a team that represented the school in the South West regional heat of the Senior Team Maths Challenge competition. Coming seventh place overall, the team didn’t manage to progress to the next round, but they did the school proud on the day.

In this competition pupils are given the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills. Teams compete against each other in three rounds. The Group Round sees teams work to solve ten questions of varying type and difficulty in the time allowed. Each team must decide their own strategy: whether to work in pairs, individually or as a team. The Crossnumber Round is similar to a crossword but with numerical answers. Teams work in pairs; one pair has the across clues and the other pair has the down clues. The pairs work independently to complete the grid using logic and deduction, and are not able to communicate with the other pair throughout the round. The Shuttle Round sees teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions. Each team is divided into Pair A (given Questions 1 and 3) and Pair B (given Questions 2 and 4). Question 1 can be solved independently of the others, but the answer to each subsequent question is dependent on the answer to the previous one.

We wish these pupils the best of luck in the Senior Maths Kangeroo.


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