Nine local schools on Tuesday competed in a Maths Challenge for Year 5 pupils at Rupert House School. The challenge was delivered by Douglas Buchanan who travels nationally and internationally running Maths Challenges and workshops within schools.
Each school entered 2 pairs of mathematicians and these 18 teams completed a variety of mathematical puzzles including dominoes and mathematical word problems. At the end of the afternoon everyone enjoyed having a delicious tea together and calculators were awarded to the winners who were Theo Khoury and Penny White from Valley Road School.
Theo and Penny, pictured above with Lachlan Abry and Edward Tavinor who came ninth. Theo said “The hardest questions were using Pentomino tiles (a series of 5 squares joined together in different shapes)”, adding “We were very surprised to win and with a long way ahead, by 20 points over second place.” Penny said, “We didn’t do any extra practice for the competition. Maths is one of my favourite subjects. Our teacher Mrs Fraser chose us and I was excited about doing it.”
Mrs Fraser said, “We do lots of investigative work as part of our their normal maths lessons so it’s fairly normal that they can tackle a wide range of maths. We were delighted that all the children performed really, really well and they had a fun time engaged in their maths.”
One of the Sonning Common pairs came in second place and pairs from Rupert House and Herries Prep in equal third place.