Year 5 Maths Challenge
The Year 5 (previously Year 6) maths competition will take place in Winter/Spring 2018.
You are now able to enter a team by clicking this link.
- This is a fun competition designed for teams of four able Year 5 pupils.
- There will be two elements to the competition:
- A crossnumber which will involve team members working together to solve as many clues of a mathematical crossword as they can.
- A relay race where the team splits into two pairs and each pair have to solve a mathematical puzzle before passing on the next mathematical puzzle to the other half of their team.
- It is the aim that some questions should challenge these pupils but that there should be plenty which is accessible for all competitors.
- Apart from a reasonable level of numeracy, very little mathematical knowledge is assumed. However, it would be helpful if the pupils are familiar with:
- Square numbers
- Cube numbers
- Square root
- Prime numbers
- Meaning of 'the digits of a number'
- There is an example crossnumber below, complete with instructions and solutions. Please read the advice on the first page and pass it on to your pupils.
We are often asked, at the maths challenge, about resources that are suitable for challenging and extending able mathematicians and providing a similar level of challenge in the classroom as in the maths competition. See our maths resources page for some suggestions.
- We ran this competition for the first time in autumn 2014. The winners were Harborne Primary School in Year 6 and Greswolde in Year 4.
- In 2015-16 we had over 150 entries across the Year 4 and Year 6 competitions from primary schools across Birmingham. Many congratulations to St Peter's CE Primary who won the Year 6 event and the Year 4 team from Harborne.
- Congratulations to St Peter's, Harbourne, who won the Year 6 and Year 4 competitions in 2016-17.
- In the competition for local prep schools, Shrubbery Year 6 and Blue Coat Year 4 were victorious last year.