Maths Students’ Problem Solving Skills Put to Test
Towards the end of last term, Year 12 and Year 13 students were entered for the Senior Maths Challenge run by the UK Maths Trust. A registered charity, the Trust works to advance the education of children and young people when it comes to all things maths related. A key part of the Trust’s work is the organising and running of maths competitions which includes the Senior Maths Challenge.
This particular competition encourages students to work on their problem-solving skills by challenging them to decode and decipher really tricky maths questions. The skills students need to do this are ones they can also apply to their wider studies. Students all start with 25 points and 4 points are awarded for each correct answer but 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. Blank answers are recorded as 0. The questions are designed to really test and challenge the students’ mathematical abilities.
The top-scoring students are awarded either a Bronze (49 marks +), Silver (64 marks +) or Gold (80 marks +) certificate plus there are awards for Best in Year and Best in School. The results for Sixth Form students are as follows:
- Y12: 3 silver certificates; 17 bronze certificates
- Y13: 7 silver certificates; 7 bronze certificates
- Henry Baker – Best in Year 13
- Ian Mackay – Best in Year 12
- Hannah Conroy – Best in School
We would like to congratulate all the KS5 students who took part. KS4 students will have the opportunity to take part in a similar challenge later this month.
Pictured are some of our Year 13 Maths students with their certificates.