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Magnificent Mathletes

Published Tuesday 16th of April 2013 02:08:20 PM

During the Spring term Gayhurst has been proud to host a number of inter-school Mathematics events. The first, in February was the annual Year 6 Maths challenge where teams from Gayhurst competed against teams of mathematicians from five local schools. As the reigning champions the pressure was on the Gayhurst team to perform well again. With some tricky problem solving puzzles included it made for an exciting event. Following 40 minutes of frantic activity, and with only one question in it, the Gayhurst team won the competition with Gerrards Cross C of E School a close second.

The next event was the Year 5 inter-schools Mathletics competition. Together with teams from neighbouring primary schools, children from Gayhurst took part in an online mathematical activity that included some �live maths� and curriculum based topics. The first half of the competition involved the children playing �live� matches against other online users from all over the world. The second half of the competition included curriculum based topics where pupils had a free choice of activities based on the Year 5 curriculum. Congratulations to the Gayhurst team who ended up as winners of the event with James G and Oliver W winning gold medals as the top point scorers.

The final and largest event was the inaugural Year 4 Mathematics Challenge, which was run by Mathematician Douglas Buchanan. 74 pupils from 19 different schools took part in the challenge which saw young mathematicians competing against each other to win prizes. After the warm ups the teams took part in four round robin exercises including tangram puzzles, dominoes, the 24 game and a number maze. The final round �And the answer is�� was a quick fire logic round with multiple choice answers. At the end of an exciting afternoon there were two winners � The Beacon School Weasels and the Woodside Junior School Stoats. A special mention of congratulations goes to the Gayhurst Stoats who came a respectable 5th out of 19. Well done to Tarun E, Hugo L, Joseph B and Eve R.

Director of Studies, Mr Whitaker, said �Throughout all the Mathematics events this term the Gayhurst groups have performed very well, showing excellent teamwork. The events have been a great opportunity for us to promote the fact that Maths can be fun. With the added pressure of competing against the clock and teams from other schools, the challenges have really enabled the pupils to get their minds focussed on some fairly complex mathematical problems.�
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