Fifty pupils from years six, seven and eight at Parkfield School in Hurn took part in the national, Junior Mathematical Challenge (JMC) 2018.
The annual competition, run by the UK Maths Trust, aims to ignite children’s passion for maths and improve their problem solving skills and is entered by thousands of schools from across the country.
The challenge takes the form of 25 multiple choice questions which they answer in exam conditions, within one hour.
The first 15 questions are designed to be easier and are worth one mark each.
Questions 16-20 are more difficult and are worth six marks, with a penalty of one point for a wrong answer, which aims to stop pupils guessing.
The last five questions are intended to be the most challenging and are also worth six marks, but with a two point penalty for an incorrectly answered question.
Parkfield Head of Maths, Kinza Barrett, explained: “This is the first year Parkfield has entered the JMC and as we have many children who are passionate about maths we are hoping to achieve some awards.
“We are also hoping to grow the challenge year on year, so that those participating in year six now, stand an excellent chance of achieving the highest of awards by the time they reach year eight.”
The top 40 scoring per cent of students nationally receive a certificate of varying levels (Gold, Silver or Bronze) based on their score.
The highest 1200 scorers are also invited to take part in the prestigious Junior Mathematical Olympiad (JMO) which consists of a two-hour paper of more in-depth mathematical problems.
Kinza continued: “Everyone really enjoyed it and found it very exciting.
“We will also be entering the intermediate challenge next year with our year nine, 10 and 11 students.”
Bournemouth’s only Free School, Parkfield in Hurn is an all-through school for children aged four-16.
A very limited number of places are still available for entry into Parkfield’s year seven in September 2018. For more details contact the school on: 01202 592530.
caption: Fifty pupils from years six, seven and eight at Parkfield School in Hurn took part in the national, Junior Mathematical Challenge (JMC) 2018.
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