Teamwork Takes Juniors to Maths Competition Semis

Top team work and logical thinking has taken a team of CHS’s Year 6 pupils to the regional final of the National Young Mathematicians’ Award competition 2016.

Putting their problem-solving skills into practice, Edward Jackson, Martha Jones, Olivia Leslie and Andrew Pimlott battled it out against other schools in the region to try and win a space in the grand finale at the University of Cambridge.

Making their way through two of the competition’s three rounds, the pupils were challenged to work together in solving an exciting mathematical problem they had never seen before.

Andrew said: “It was really hard; on one round the questions were like rocket science but we had practised a bit and tried to prepare as best we could.”

Team-mate Olivia agreed. She said: “Martha and I play a lot of sports and spend most of our time doing that rather than maths so we were both really surprised to be chosen for the team.”

CHS Junior School Teacher, Miss Martine Webster said: “The pupils really enjoyed the experience which demonstrates that Maths can be fun and whilst they didn’t quite make it through to the final at Cambridge, they did do extremely well.”

The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards is the only team maths competition for Junior schools in the UK.

The competition, now in its seventh year, designed to inspire and challenge talented young mathematicians across the UK.

cheadle hulme school junior pupils pose for a team photo after taking part in the National young Mathematicians' Award competition 2016