Pendle’s young maths aces battle it out

Budding mathematicians who took part in the competition held at Colne Primet Academy. (S)
Budding mathematicians who took part in the competition held at Colne Primet Academy. (S)

Pendle’s budding mathematicians were put to the test during an exciting competition at Colne Primet Academy.

Four talented Year 6 pupils from each of the five participating Pendle primary schools were chosen to compete in a Primary Maths Challenge at the Dent Street site.

The competition gave youngsters the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities, with tasks in areas including group work, logic and relay.

Schools that took part were Park Primary School, Pendle Primary Academy, Primet Primary School, St Paul’s Primary School and Castercliff Primary Academy.

And for pupils in the St Paul’s group, the excitement multiplied as they steamed ahead early, going on to win the competition with an impressive overall score of 184 points.

Colne Primet Academy’s Head of Mathematics and Computing Sarah Rawcliffe said: “It was a delight to see so many pupils so engaged with their mathematics.

“The problem solving, team work and resilience of the pupils shone through.”

And one Year Six pupil from St Paul’s Primary School, in Nelson, added: “I really enjoyed it. Maths is one of my favourite subjects. I found it challenging and fun.”

Resources for the event were supplied by the UK Mathematics Trust, a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics.

The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11 to 18-year-old school students.