Entries open for the 2022 Year 5 maths challenge

    Published: 01 November 2021

    Primary phase schools in Hertfordshire and across the country are invited to enter as many teams as they wish into this year’s friendly inter-school Herts for Learning Year 5 Mathematics Challenge competition.

    Y5 maths challengeThe competition gives Year 5 pupils the opportunity to test their mathematics and teamwork skills to solve questions and problems working in their teams of four in a friendly competition.

    Following on from the success of the 2021 competition, this year’s competition will be run remotely once again through a live webinar format. There is a choice of six online heats on various dates during February and March 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 Wednesday 20th March 2022

    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 as many teams as they wish (and on any dates that are convenient), at a cost of £30 per team. Each team must book separately.

    David Cook, Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser (mathematics), HfL was delighted with the success of the 2021 competition and congratulated all the teams for taking part and the winning team from team from The Orchard Primary, Watford.

    Catherine Williams, KS2 Leader and Maths Coordinator reported back on the competition saying:

    “As a teacher, I thoroughly enjoy taking part in the maths challenge each year. The children are challenged to not only work collaboratively but to also communicate mathematically too. They are challenged to ‘think outside of the box’ and approach things in a different way.
    I really enjoy watching the children work on the memory round and also the estimation round too - they have to draw upon prior knowledge of the world and think in more creative ways!”

    Feedback from the team included:

    “The memory rounds were the most enjoyable, since I never thought of maths from such a different point of view.”

    “The rounds I enjoyed the most was the measuring as I learnt the one part of your finger is equivalent to 1cm  and the memory round.”

    “Another skill I believe that I developed was to figure out specific word problems using the method including bar models.”

    Their advice to future Y5 Maths Challengers included:

    “if your calculation has back-up reasoning, it’s probably right!”

    “double check your answers whenever possible and to do them as accurately as possible”

    To enter your Year 5 class teams 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 22nd February 2022: Course code: MAT/22/146/P

    Heat 2: Thursday 24th February 2022: Course code: MAT/22/147/P

    Heat 3:  Monday 28th February 2022: Course code: MAT/22/148/P

    Heat 4:  Tuesday 1st March 2022: Course code: MAT/22/149/P

    Heat 5:  Wednesday 9th March 2022: Course code: MAT/22/150/P

    Heat 6:  Thursday 10th March 2022 Course code: MAT/22/151/P

    Grand final

    The Grand Final will take place on Wednesday 20th March 2022 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm for the top 20 teams. Finalist will be notified after all heats have taken place.

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