SSA mathematicians take UKMT Maths Challenge

March 2016 

We are proud to announce the success of our pupils in the UKMT Regional Maths Challenge Competition. Pupils at Stratford School Academy came 2nd out of 26 competing schools in the whole of East London.

SSA would like to congratulate our mathematicians; Abdullah (year 9) Abdulawwal (year 9) Zulfar (year 8) and Sayed (Year 8) for their success at this tournament and their overall dedication to mathematics.

The UKMT team promotes mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills. They also give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region.

The Team Maths Challenge (TMC) is run by the UK Mathematics Trust. The TMC encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. It also requires team work and communication skills.

The problems on the Maths Challenge are designed to make students think and be memorable and enjoyable.

Activities included:

Group round: In this round the teams have 45 minutes to answer 10 questions, each team have the same questions. Each question is worth a total of 6 marks, a team strategy will be decided amongst the group for this round, will they work in pairs, individually or as a team?

Cross number:This round is similar to a crossword but with numerical answers, the teams work in pairs; one pair has the across clue and one pair has the down clues. The pairs work independently to complete the grid using logic and deduction.

Shuttle round: The teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions. Each team is divided into Pair A (Q1 & Q3)  and Pair B (Q2 &Q4). Question 1 can be solved independently of the others, but the answer to each subsequent question is dependent on the previous answer.

Relay race: Teams split off into pairs, with pairs taking it in turns to solve problems. This round involved lots of movement as well as mathematics: a race against the clock with lots of lively activity and excitement.

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