Town's Young Minds compete in the Maths Challenge

Macclesfield's brightest young minds weren't about to be baffled by even the most complex brain-teasers at the Mathematics Team Challenge hosted by The King's School.

12 teams of four Year 5 pupils all competed in the third Macclesfield Mathematics Team Challenge, the first since 2019 because of Covid.

The winners were Rainow Primary School, with Upton Priory School in the silver medal position and Broken Cross Primary Academy a highly creditable third place.

The other visiting teams were from Ash Grove, Bollinbrook, Gawsworth Primary, Marlborough, Marton & District Primary, Alderley Edge Community Primary, Hollinhey Primary, and Wincle Church of England Primary.

If you think you are up to the task, then solve this riddle: It takes four students half an hour to write six greeting cards. Each student works at the same constant rate. How many greeting cards can be written by one student in two hours."

King’s Senior School’s Head of Mathematics, Timothy Jones, said: "It was 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.”

Tim added: "Mathematics develops logical thinking and problem solving. It shows the ability to follow and understand set rules to develop strategies to find unknowns. If you want to develop a child's mathematical ability you should allow the students the freedom to investigate and make links for themselves. This often needs structure but will help to embed deeper understanding."

Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations, said: “It was fantastic to be able to host this event again and bring together pupils from across the town’s Primary Schools. There was some serious strategic thinking going on, but it was also a lot of fun. Well done to everyone who competed.”

The answer, and please show your workings, is six.