The King’s School’s annual ‘Macclesfield
Primary School’s Mathematics Challenge’ had a record entry of 14 local primary
schools this year. And it was Prestbury Primary School’s brains that had it all
figured, taking first place in the tough two-hour challenge.
The brilliant young minds won the
competition after answering a series of ever more taxing questions in a series
of time-pressured rounds, in which the children have to work together as a team
to complete the conundrums and solve the puzzles.
Selected in teams of four by their schools
for their numerical and analytical skills, the pupils took on a series of
taxing questions including many that seemed far from child's play:
For example, what is lowest whole number
that is divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
King’s School’s Head of Mathematics,
Timothy Jones, said: "It has been a very special and exciting day for the
King’s Maths Department; working with such sharp and receptive young minds is
always an absolute delight. Our objective is to try and build the students love
of Maths and problem-solving and to offer an opportunity to extend and
challenge some of the brightest local young mathematicians.”
Josephine Croft, Upper Key Stage 2 Leader,
at Prestbury Primary, said: “We are very proud of our wonderful mathematicians
for winning the challenge. They worked so well as a team to communicate to
solve a range of problems in the different rounds.”
In second place were Marton & District
Primary and the bronze place went to Upton Priory. The other teams came
from Ash Grove, Bollinbrook, Gawsworth, Hurdsfield, Ivy Bank, Marlborough,
King’s Juniors, Parkroyal Community School, St Albans and Wincle Church of
The answer is 2050.