Entries open for the 2021 Year 5 maths challenge

    Published: 11 December 2020

    Schools are invited to enter a team of four of their Year 5 pupils for this year’s friendly inter-school Herts for Learning Year 5 Mathematics Challenge competition.

    The competition gives Year 5 pupils the opportunity to test their mathematics and teamwork skills to solve questions and problems in a friendly competition. Last year’s competition saw the team from Pixmore Junior School claim the trophy after over 220 teams took part during some very challenging times.

    Congratulations to the Pixmore Junior School team and all the teams that took part. We are very grateful to everyone who helped to ensure the competition could carry on. 

    David Cook, Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser (mathematics) at HfL said:

    “This year’s competition exemplified the commitment and high teaching standards and aspirations the schools that we work with have for their pupils. We are very grateful and delighted that so many Year 5 pupils managed to take part in last year’s competition and demonstrate such excellent teamwork and mathematics knowledge. The maths team are really looking forward to next year’s competition.”

    This year’s competition will be run remotely through a live webinar format, with a choice of six online heats on various dates during January and February to help enable as many schools take part at a time convenient for them. The top 20 teams will then be invited to take part in the Grand Final on Tuesday 16th March.

    The hour-long heats will comprise of a set of problem-solving, reasoning, estimation, visualisation, memory, arithmetic and fun rounds from across the Mathematics curriculum appropriate to their year group. Practice materials and guidance will be sent to all schools upon booking.

    Schools can enter one team at a cost of £30.  To enter your Year 5 class team into this year’s Herts for Learning Year 5 mathematics challenge, please book onto one of following heats via the HfL CPD Hub or contact us for more information at year5mathschallenge@hertsforlearning.co.uk

    The Heats

    Heat 1: Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 3:30pm - 4.30pm.  Course code: MAT/20/1175/P

    Heat 2: Wednesday 3rd February 2021, 3:30pm - 4.30pm.  Course code: MAT/20/1176/P

    Heat 3: Thursday 4th February 2021, 3:30pm - 4.30pm. Course code: MAT/20/1177/P

    Heat 4: Monday 8th February 2021, 3:30pm - 4.30pm.  Course code: MAT/20/1178/P

    Heat 5: Tuesday 9th February 2021, 3:30pm - 4.30pm.  Course code: MAT/20/1179/P

    Heat 6: Wednesday 10th February 2021, 3:30pm - 4.30pm. Course code: MAT/20/1180/P

    Grand Final

    The Grand Final will take place on Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm for the top 20 teams. The finalist will be notified after all heats have taken place.

    We are allowing one team per school in the first instance, but if you would like a second please email year5mathschallenge@hertsforlearning.co.uk and if spaces are available, we will contact you to confirm.

    Follow this year’s competition on Twitter at @HertsMaths #mathschallenge

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