Waveney schoolchildren battle it out for maths prize

Students from local schools compete in a Maths quiz at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.PHOTO: Nick Butc

Students from local schools compete in a Maths quiz at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Schoolchildren from across Waveney battled it out for the top prize in an interactive mathematical quiz held at a sixth form college.

Students from local schools compete in a Maths quiz at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.PHOTO: Nick Butc

Students from local schools compete in a Maths quiz at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Secondary school pupils from Sir John Leman High School, Ormiston Denes Academy, Bungay High School and Pakefield High School were teamed up with children from their feeder primary schools and sixth-formers for the event at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.

The youngsters were challenged to work out mathematical problems on the spot, as well as solve puzzles and find the most obscure correct answer in a round based on the television show Pointless.

In the end it was the Omega team led by Sir John Leman High School pupils that triumphed, with the teams from Pakefield High and Ormiston Denes coming a very close second and third.

But Ian McLean, director of maths at the sixth form college in Rotterdam Road, Lowestoft, said the competition was a huge benefit to all the students.

Students from local schools compete in a Maths quiz at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.PHOTO: Nick Butc

Students from local schools compete in a Maths quiz at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

'A lot of it is about developing their problem-solving skills - and that is the area of students often don't get enough practice with,' he explained.

'They have to work together to think outside of the box and try different strategies or approaches that they might take towards the question.

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'Not all our students are going to use algebra in their adult life.

'However the main use of maths is actually the problem-solving skills and how you might take a problem and work out how to fix it.

'Part of maths is about getting to the solution. Sometimes working out how to solve the problem is more important than the answer itself.'

Other schools to take part in the event on Wednesday, February 3 included Albert Pye Primary, Roman Hill Primary, Bungay Primary, Somerleyton Primary and Pakefield Primary schools.

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