Maths Challenge returns to Concord

Friday July 1, 2022

The annual ‘Primary Maths Challenge’ is back at Concord. Earlier this week, on 29 June, teams from seven visiting primary schools in the region competed in a series of maths-related challenges, organised by staff at the College. “The competition started in 2019, but was unfortunately not able to happen for two years due to Covid-19 – which scuppered our plans” said Maths Outreach Coordinator, Mrs Nikki Outram. In addition to mathematical skills, the challenges include elements of problem-solving, engineering, communiation and teamwork. The participating schools this year were Rushbury, Longnor, Christchurch, Church Preen, Brockton, Buildwas and St Lawrence and Concord staff were delighted with the engagement and enthusiasm shown. In teams of four, the Year 6 students tackled five challenges. Church Preen won the ‘midget gem and cocktail stick challenge’ – creating the tallest tower of the afternoon, although a joint prize was awarded to Rushbury as their tower, whilst 1cm shorter, was far more stable (it even had a counterbalance in its design)! Longnor had the strongest performance in the ‘20-questions’ round and Buildwas had the most success with the ‘Wooden Puzzles’.  There were 3 teams that managed to crack all the ‘Code Breaking’ too. St Lawrence won the challenge day overall with Church Preen coming 2nd place.  Both schools were commended for their excellent performance in the ‘Escape Room’ challenge in particular. Concord’s Mrs Nikki Outram said: “Every school should be proud of themselves for what they achieved over the course of the afternoon – mathematical skills and creative thinking were on display throughout.” She added: “It was an absolute pleasure to host the students and I look forward to inviting new and returning schools next year.”