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Maths Team Challenge

Year 10 mathematicians were entertained by two lectures by leading academics and then participated in an exciting maths team challenge with students from 12 different schools.

Team maths challenge

Team maths challenge

The lecturers were: Dr Jennifer Roger of Oxford University, who took great pleasure at de-bunking alarmist statistics quoted in the press, and Dr Katie Steckles of Manchester University, who taught them how to square root cube numbers in their heads as a party trick and delved into the hidden maths of technology.

 

Junior Maths Kangaroo Challenge

Congratulations to Chris who received a merit, scoring in the top 25%, and Ivy and Laura for qualifying. The Kangeroo challenge is a follow on to the UKMT Junior maths challenge and is by invitation only. The Junior Kangaroo is a one-hour multiple-choice paper, with 25 questions, which is sat in school. It is therefore similar to the Junior Challenge question paper (but more challenging!).

 

 

Guest speaker

Fantastic to welcome Dr Nira Chamberlain back to St. Peter's maths department. He gave an inspiring talk on black heroes in mathematics.

Dr Nira Chamberlain

His talk was lively, full of enthusiasm, very enlightening with a powerful message to pupils on what can be achieved from perseverance and a growth mindset.

We were very fortunate to have leading mathematician Dr. Nira Chamberlain talk to pupils. A small number of pupils in years 7-10 which have shown sustained effort and perseverance were offered to attend Nira's talk as a reward. 

Dr Nira Chamberlain is listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 Scientist’. Furthermore in 2015, Nira became the first black mathematician to join the exclusive list of distinguish living British mathematicians who feature in the biographical reference book Who’s Who. To find out more about his work click here.

Nira guest speaker

Nira’s recommendation to any aspiring mathematician is that “You don’t need anybody’s permission to be a great mathematician!”. Nira solves what appears to be impossible because he always finds a way. He reminded us at school teachers and examiner provide us with solvable problems so be a 'never quit' mathematician.

   Nira Chamberlain a never quit mathematician


Junior Maths Challenge

 The UKMT organises the UK's biggest national maths competitions.In the Junior Challenge the top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each school receives a Best in School certificate.

Well done to Amelia in year 8 and Christopher in year 7 for obtaining the best in year certificate. Christopher also got the Best in School certificate and will go on to take part in the next round the Kangeroo challenge. Overall the pupils obtained 5 gold, 10 silver and 24 bronze certificates. The gold certificate winners were Amelia, Mary, Ben, Christopher and Ivy. The silver certificate winners were Laura, Herbie, Will, Zipporah, Marli, Seb, Jamie, Benita, Callum and Candice. Lastly the bronze certificate winners were Reuben, Daniel, Annalise, Mieko, Molly, Josiah, Emily, Holly, Katie, Joanna, Harry, Cyril, Joshua, Solomon, Kyle, Alan, Molly, Naomi, Phoebe, Finlay, Callum, Frank and Joseph. Congratulations to all those that entered.

 

Maths Club

Maths club is on Thursday lunchtime 12:45 to 1:30 in M5 and M6. All are welcome. Maths club provides support for homework, fun activities, logic puzzles, maths games and more.

Enrichment

Pupils wishing to extend and enrich their mathematical learning may be interested in joining The Society of Young Mathematicians (SYMS). It is a society for all young people who enjoy mathematics, whether they are in a primary or secondary school. Members are part of a national organisation which motivates and encourages young mathematicians.

Pupils are also given the opportunity to take part in the United Kingdom Maths Trust Challenge and other team challenges.

Other

Maths equipment is available to purchase from the maths foyer. Calculators are available for £5.00. Revision guides are £2.50.

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