Students Enjoy Taking Part in Maths Challenge

 Year 9 and 10 students have been taking part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge.  The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour under exam conditions in school.   Mrs Sharman, Maths Teacher who organises the annual event said, “Students who participate in the UKMT Challenges each year are preparing themselves well for University as there is more importance given to undergraduates being able to Problem Solve.  Students will also encounter more and more of these type of questions in their GCSE examinations over the coming years.”

The awards go to the top 40% of students nationally, receiving Gold, Silver or Bronze certificates in the ratio 1:2:3.  Each school that takes part is able to award Best in School and Best in Year Certificates too.

 Some of our participating students explain below why they enjoyed taking part in the Maths challenge and what they get out of doing the papers. 

Starting with Best in Year Award winner, Wilson Wang from Year 10:  “I enjoy doing the maths challenge because each question requires knowledge from multiple topics rather than most exam questions, which are specific to a single topic. This makes the questions more interesting and requires more thought.  It’s satisfying when you find the answer.”

Year 10 student Stephen Miller, who achieved the Gold Award said, “I really enjoy the problem solving side of the challenge.  It offers you the opportunity to know what level of achievement you are as in a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award.”

Bronze Award winners:  Ryan Delaney from Year 9 commented “I like to take part in the Maths Challenge because you get to test yourself on different maths problems that you would probably not get on a normal test.” And, fellow Bronze winner Christi Somaraj, Year 10 said “I participated in the Maths Challenge because I enjoy doing difficult things.  I feel a sense of satisfaction now as I did achieve an award this time round.  However, the most rewarding thing is to know that you just succeeded in an event you used to find difficult.  It shows that being determined is worth it.”