On Sunday four of our top mathematicians (Miles, Sam, Kesia and Charlotte) travelled to Uppingham School to take part in a Maths Challenge. The morning was organised by Mr Logan, Head of Maths at Uppingham School. It was a training day that gave us a useful and interesting introduction into the running of these Maths Team Challenges.

Our four students split up and joined six Uppingham students and two from Witham Hall to make three teams.

They then faced four rounds of maths problems. The second involved completing a maths crossword puzzle (see below) with one pair having all the down clues and the other the across clues, which forced them to work as a team.

The final round was a relay race, where one pair solved a problem, then ran across the room to pass the ‘imaginary’ baton to the other pair and so on.

Some of the problems were very tough, but the feedback was positive and this is an activity that I hope to develop and adapt at school.

The next step will be on 1st May when the advanced maths students in Years 7 and 8 will take part, individually, in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

Below are some examples of the questions.

For anyone who wants to have a go at the sample questions the answers are:

Q1: 35 (include 3,13,23,33,43,53,etc but also 30,31,32, etc and 130,131,132, etc. 33 and 133 count as two not one).

Q2: 55mph. Next palindromic number is 16061 which is 110miles further on.

Q4. 25. Divide 162 by six to find the average (mean), which will be the middle number that gets doubled. The numbers are 25,26,27,28 and 29.

See DP for the crossword answers!