A team of young mathematicians were celebrating a calculated victory last week as they scooped top prize in one of Leeds’ largest arithmetic competitions.
In a hotly contested final, the team of four Year 6 pupils from Chapel Allerton Primary School overcame teams from 23 other schools to take the trophy in the Leeds Junior Schools’ Maths Challenge, held at the Grammar School at Leeds.
The ‘fantastic four’: Kaustubh Bhatnagar, Adam Powell, Bethany Hare and Faith Hardy, qualified for the finals after success in the semi-finals, which had seen almost 50 schools enter.
Chapel Allerton’s Gifted and Talented maths class proved to be a winning combination on the day, as each team member decided a different part of the competition was their favourite. With sections such as number grids, puzzles and a multiple choice maths challenge, the contest ensured all areas of the subject were covered.
Miss Alex Bradley, Year 6’s mathematics gifted and talented tutor, has been teaching at the school for ten years and began tutoring the current Year 6 gifted and talented class this year.
“I have only been teaching this class since September and they are certainly a gifted bunch of mathematicians,” Miss Bradley said.
“It is the first time we have entered into the maths competition and they came back saying that lots of the things we had done in this group had helped them to solve some of the problems there.
“I was really, really proud of them, and honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more. It gives them the recognition that they’re on the right track for their level six and they really are as brilliant as we think they are.”
Year Six pupil, Kaustabh Bhatnagar added his delight at winning the competition. Speaking after clinching the Maths Challenge title, he said: “There was something for everyone. Some questions were easy; others really hard and luckily we had done algebra in extra maths.”
Teammate Faith Hardy added: “We enjoyed coming out of school to do maths and liked the competition part of it even though it was tense. When I heard we had won I felt over the moon.”