Pencils and brains were sharpened as the Wellington School Maths Challenge again attracted huge numbers of children. Two hundred students from 50 primary schools took part in the Challenge and enjoyed the competitive spirit. The winner in this hotly contested competition was Wiveliscombe School, whose team of 4 beat off all other contenders for first prize.
Now in its twentieth year, this annual event is aimed at children aged 10 or 11 from schools across Devon and Somerset. Schools are invited to enter a team of four pupils who work together to solve 25 questions in one hour. Their problem solving skills are put to the test with a range of tasks which are based on principles from across mathematics.
“We were delighted to see so many enthusiastic and talented mathematicians working together and pitting their wits against eachother. This event has grown over the 20 years we have been running it and it is always good to see new schools joining in”, commented Peter Buckingham, Head of Maths at Wellington School. “These young mathematicians have impressed us all with their enthusiasm. They have successfully solved problems by working together and sharing their methods”.
Joint second place were St George’s Primary School and Wellesley Park Primary School and in third place was Neroche Primary School.