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Y6s in a National Maths competition

posted 12 Nov 2014, 06:43 by Sian Granville
Today four Y6 children went to the Explore Learning centre on Ecclesall Road to take part in a national maths competition. All teams competing across the country were given the same complicated problem and had to work as a team to communicate and think through the possible solutions as there were a number of rules which had to be followed.

The competition is being run by the Nrich maths website which we use often in school to add extra challenge to our maths lessons. The problem involved setting out 32 display boards in a hall with rules such as they has to be linked in a straight line or by a right angle and there could never be more than four boards in a straight row or they  would fall over. The four worked really well together, listening to each other and changing their ideas to meet the criteria. They also had to explain their thinking to the tutors at Explore Learning who assessed the team on whether they successfully completed the  different stages of the challenge as well as how well they explained what they had done and why.

The children were a pleasure to take to the competition and so now it is just a matter of waiting to see whether we are through to the next round in Sheffield and ultimately the National Final, in Cambridge, in December so fingers crossed!