Maths Challenge Posted: 21/03/17
UK Maths Challenge
On Tuesday 14 March four of our students led by Maths Teacher Ben Cowley took part in a Maths Challenge at Pimlico Academy against 27 other schools from in and around London.
The challenge was divided into four separate tasks where they had to work as a team, or in pairs taking turns. During the pairs challenges the pair working on the solution had to get the correct answer before the other pair could continue the task. This made up for some quite exciting chatter around the hall with the pairs waiting egging the other pair on to get the answer.
For the last challenge the pairs were split up and made to sit with another pair from another school with the teachers supervising sitting at the back of the hall. The pair would take it in turns to answer a question. Once they feel they have got the correct answer they would then take the answer sheet to the supervising teacher who would let them know if the answer was correct or not, if no they went back to have another go, if yes they were then given a new question to take to the other pair who would then need to get the correct answer before passing the next question onto the first pair etc. etc.
When the final results came out Wren Academy were in the lower half of all the teams involved, which is not as well as they had wished but not as bad as they had feared and who knows with a few more points they could have finished in the top half and there was some tough competition there on that day.
All in all the students enjoyed the day and found it very challenging, which is what it was all about. The picture attached is at the end of the day and you can see how mentally tired they all look. The students all worked incredibly hard and gave a great account of themselves. Their enthusiasm was evident throughout the day and we could not have asked for better representatives of the Wren Academy.