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Marlborough House School

Regional maths competition success

We had a fabulous time at the Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals.

Four children from from Years 7 and 8, Ralph E, Maddie L, Matthew M and Rex C,  went to the regional final for the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust's Team Maths Challenge. 

We were the youngest of around 20 teams and indeed the only all Prep School team, competing against much older children. We finished a very creditable 5th, only beaten by Senior Schools (1st Judd, 2nd Tonbridge, 3rd Sevenoaks). 

The competition is an all-day event with a variety of tasks either done as a group or in pairs finishing with a mathematical relay. Here is some insight into what the day involves:

The Team Maths Challenge is a competition giving students the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills.

Teams of four students from schools around the UK take part in dozens of Regional Finals

Teams compete against each other in four rounds.

  • Group Round - Teams work to solve ten questions of varying type and difficulty in the time allowed. Each team must decide their own strategy: whether to work in pairs, individually or as a team.
  • Crossnumber - Similar to a crossword but with numerical answers. Teams work in pairs; one pair has the across clues and the other pair has the down clues. The pairs work independently to complete the grid using logic and deduction.
  • Shuttle - Teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions. Each team is divided into Pair A (given Questions 1 and 3) and Pair B (given Questions 2 and 4). Question 1 can be solved independently of the others, but the answer to each subsequent question is dependent on the answer to the previous one.
  • Relay - Teams split off into pairs, with pairs taking it in turns to solve problems. This round involves lots of movement as well as mathematics: a race against the clock with lots of lively activity and excitement.

We are not allowed to share a question from this year, but to give you an idea here is one from last year. Any answers?

     x% of y is (y−15)and y% of (x +30) is 50. What is the value of x + y?

You can find more information about the competition here: