Creative thinking, steady hands and mathematical minds
were put to great use during a Junior Maths Challenge Day at Tupton Hall
Year 5 pupils from eight local primary schools enjoyed a
packed programme of activities.
The aim was to have fun with maths and get an
introduction to the secondary school environment.
Hunloke Park, Sharley Park, Holmgate, North Wingfield,
Stretton Handley, Park House, Deer Park and Ashover primary schools all took
Challenges included rollercoaster building, an outdoors
relay puzzle, a maths word anagram hunt around the school and thinking about
jobs that involve maths.
Teamwork, communication and patience were put to the test
during the timed rollercoaster challenge.
Each school had to create a high-rise track to roll a
marble down, using just a pile of paper and sellotape.
Jamie from Hunloke Primary School said: “We enjoy
building stuff. Later this week we are going on a school trip to Eyam where
we’ll be building rafts – so this is good practice!”
His friend Lucia added: “Seeing your rollercoaster
actually work is really rewarding.”
At the end of the day when all the challenge points were
added up, Hunloke were runners up with 53.
They were narrowly pipped to the post by Ashover who
impressed the judges with their overall performance and came out with 54
Certificates were handed to all the children who took
And Ashover proudly took home a glistening trophy.
Teaching Assistant Sue Byrne from Park House School said:
“I’ve been coming to the Maths Challenge Day for four years now and it’s always
“It stretches their thought processes and gives them a feel for the school. It's a busy, fast paced day and the children keep up with the changing activities really well."
Maths teachers Mrs Clark, Mr Parker and Mr Steinhobel thanked everyone for coming and said they hoped to see some of the youngsters return as Tupton Hall students in a couple of years time.