This term several pupils from Years 8 to 10 have been busy taking part in Maths Challenges.
David Bang and Kyle Phillips from Year 9 and Sebastian Banks and Tommy Kim from Year 8 took part in the Junior Maths Challenge. The aim of the challenge is to promote mathematical dexterity, team work and communication skills, giving pupils the opportunity to compete against other schools in the
David and Kyle had been practising for some months, recently joined by Andy Yuen, whilst Sebastian and Tommy each managed just three practises.
After lunch the Head to Head competition took place. This involved pair A solving problem one, taking their answer to pair B, who need it to solve problem two, taking their answer to pair A, who use it to solve problem three, taking their answer to pair B who use it to solve problem four. This takes about 10 minutes, and is then repeated another four times.
The final competition was the relay where pair A solve a problem, then take another problem to pair B who solve it, then take another problem to pair A and so on, with each pair aiming to solve fifteen problems in 45 minutes.
The tactics require considerable understanding and practice not to mention being quick at arithmetic, spotting shortcuts, using some imagination and having the determination to solve problems.
After this, the top three teams were announced, prizes awarded, and we then received a certificate with Oswestry School's final position. Although the team were not among the leaders, they did their best on the day and had an enjoyable day out.
Well Done to them all for their efforts!
Why not try this, here is a question in the final relay competition taken from a previous year.
On a good day I can run to school at 15km/hr in 15 minutes. On a bad day it takes me 25 minutes. How fast do I run on a bad day?