A group of our best Y6 mathematicians went with some students from Brinsworth Comprehensive School to the annual Pop Maths Quiz held at Sheffield Hallam University. In the Primary School competition there were around 30 teams from schools all over South Yorkshire. We had two teams in the quiz - Team Genius and Team Brainbox (we 're not sure which was which). The quiz lasted over an hour, with twenty fiendishly difficult maths questions (see some examples below). One team scored 11/20, the other 18/20, which was joint first with two other teams. After two nail-biting tie-breaker questions - 'estimate the number of sweets in the jar', followed by 'how many have I got left in the packets at home', our team was beaten into a creditable second by Dobcroft Junior School, Sheffield, who are clearly expert in estimating... we're not bitter.
The children did themselves, the school and Brinsworth proud and had a great time while they were at it. Our thanks go to the Maths department at BCS for inviting us along. We're looking forward to next year's quiz - get out those mini-egg packs and start practising now.
Here are our gallant teams. You can see more photos from the Quiz here.
Some questions from the quiz:
2. Which is most likely: a head on a coin or a double on a dice.
4. A cricket team scored an average of 38.8 runs in ten matches. The average for the first six was 32. What's the average for the last four matches?
7. A train is travelling past telegraph poles 50m apart. It passes 20 poles per minute. How fast is the train going (kph)?
8. In the series 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4... what's the 204th number in the series?
10. On a 9x12m rectangle, how much shorter is the diagonal route than around the edges?
13. I have three numbers. Two of them multiplied make 20; The product of two is 35. What are the numbers?
15. The perimeter of an oblong is the same as it's area. The sides are whole numbers. What are its dimensions?
13. 4, 5, 7
15. 6x3 oblong