Maths Challenge a Close Call

On Friday 16th June four pupils represented the school at the King's College School's Year 5 Cayley Maths Challenge where their solid performance helped them to finish in second place.

The competition consisted of two rounds, the first of which was a ‘relay’ race where pupils had to answer thirty questions in forty-five minutes. Working as a team, our Year 5 children managed to complete the round, despite having to pass on two questions. 

The second round had ten further questions, each of which became progressively harder and carried more marks accordingly. Although the competitors had only fifteen minutes to complete the questions, the Newland House team answered all of them and felt confident that most of their answers were correct. 

The position for third and second place turned out to be very close with Newton Prep and Newland House both scoring a final total of 58 points each and the adjudicators had to invoke an additional rule in the event of two or more teams drawing. However, becuase the Newland House team achieved the same result in a shorter time in the relay round they scooped second overall and our team were only beaten narrowly by the home team King's College Junior School.

Congratulations to the team on a great achievement!