Primary pupils enjoy Ipswich School Maths Challenge

Young mathematicians from ten Ipswich Primary Schools put their thinking caps on last week 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!

The favourite round for most of the competing teams was the final maths relay where speed and accuracy were needed in equal part. After some hard fought maths, the Rushmere Hall Primary School pupils were named as the victorious mathematicians, with St Helen’s Primary coming second and St Margaret’s 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!”

The Rushmere Hall team said they had definitely become quicker at doing maths throughout the event, and had some wise words for teams taking part in the future: “Make sure you check your answers!”

Paul Stock, headteacher at Rushmere Hall added: “We are extremely proud of the girls and their marvellous victory, and how well they worked together on the day. They were so excited to return to school and tell us the amazing news.”

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