UK MATHS CHALLENGE
This year the Maths department will be entering 50 Year 8 students and 100 Year 10 and 11 students for the UK Maths Challenge. The Junior Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below and the Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales.
The Challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. Pupils fill in the answer sheet in B or HB pencil and the Challenge is marked by UKMT using an optical mark reader. Questions from the Junior and Intermediate Challenge can be used as enrichment material in the classroom across the ability range.
The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each school/institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 1200 of the highest scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad and around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers. These are one hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by pupils from over 30 countries woldwide.
NATIONAL CIPHER CHALLENGE
Welcome to the National Cipher Challenge, a nationwide, online codebreaking competition, which will run from October 13th 2016 to January 4th 2017. The competition is a great extension activity (or a fantastic Maths Club project) that can be tackled by students in teams or on their own. The competition has been running since 2002 and regularly attracts entries from teams at over 700 UK schools and colleges.