150 Hertfordshire primary schools take part in HfL 2018 maths challenge

    Published: 04 July 2018
    Winners

    Hartsfield JMI Primary School, Baldock collects
    trophy after winning HfL 2018 maths challenge

    Over 150 schools across Hertfordshire have taken part in the 2018 Herts for Learning (HfL) maths challenge for pupils in Year 5.

    Regional heats were hosted in locations across the county throughout the spring term before the final was held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre on Friday 15th June.

    The final consisted of 20 groups of four pupils, made up of the 10 regional winners and runners up. During the final, the pupils were tested on key areas of the mathematics curriculum including problem solving, estimation, memory and reasoning.

    The challenge had five tough rounds: two rounds on general maths, one memory test, one on problem solving and one on estimation.

    After a closely contested challenge, Hartsfield JMI Primary School, Baldock came out triumphant beating Lordship Farm Primary School, Letchworth who came second and The William Ransom Primary School, Hitchin in third place.

    Speaking about this year’s challenge, David Cook, Lead Teaching & Learning Adviser for mathematics at HfL, said, “This year’s final was designed to challenge and test the very brightest Year 5 pupils.

    “Although some of the questions were difficult, it was great to see teams persevere and work together to find the answer. All schools should be very proud of their efforts.

    “It was interesting to see the areas that pupils found most challenging. This year, pupil feedback indicated that they enjoyed the problem solving most but found the estimation round difficult.”

    It was not just pupils at the event. Over 100 parents, carers and teachers attended the final and had the chance to refresh their maths knowledge and problem-solving skills.

    Fancy testing your pupil’s memory skills? Take a look at the memory poster used in the final. Two pupils had four, 30-second visits to study the image, return to their group and describe it sufficiently well enough so that they could replicate the poster.

    If you school is interested in taking part in the 2019 challenge, please email David Cook at david.cook@hertsforlearning.co.uk

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