Ipswich primary schools battle it out to win Ipswich School Maths Challenge

Young mathematicians from nine Ipswich Primary Schools put their thinking caps earlier this month as they battled it out to win the Ipswich School Maths Challenge event.

The teams of pupils competed in several challenges aimed at testing their knowledge of Key Stage 2 Maths and beyond, and took into account speed, accuracy and mental maths skills – not a calculator in sight! 

With a final maths relay, where speed and accuracy were needed in equal part, and after a hard fought competition, the Rushmere Hall Primary School pupils were named as the victorious mathematicians, with Springfield Junior School coming second and St John’s Primary taking the bronze spot.  

Fiona Robinson, the Ipswich School maths teacher who organised the event, said: “It was great to see the teams working hard to solve the maths problems, and having so much fun while they were doing it.  Many congratulations to Rushmere Hall and to all the teams who took part – we hope they’ll be back next year for more challenging calculations!”

This was the second year that Rushmere Hall had won the competition.  The school’s headteacher, Paul Stock, said: “I was so proud of our team when they returned to school with the winners’ shield.  They really enjoyed the challenge and were keen to tell everyone about their success. At Rushmere Hall we recognise that children need to have the academic skills but we also know that children need to develop resilience, confidence and a positive attitude towards their learning; competitions like this help pupils to develop all these key skills.”

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