Primary Maths Challenge 2017 

 This week, our pupils in Prep 5 and 6 will be taking part in the Primary Maths challenge.
Each year the Mathematical Association run the Primary Maths Challenge (PMC), which attracts schools from across the country, enabling their pupils to take part in a mathematical contest which is both motivating and engaging.
The PMC is a nationwide challenge for pupils who want to get involved in some interesting and stimulating mathematics. It is a test with multiple-choice problems which interest pupils and are mathematical. Aimed at the top 60% of pupils in Years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland, and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland, the PMC is taken by thousands of children every year.
This year's Challenge is to be sat w/b 13th November.

About the PMC

The Primary Mathematics Challenge is a fun and exciting mathematical Challenge aimed at the higher levels in years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland, and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland.
The PMC is not designed to be just another test in the school year, we would like to think that the PMC encourages enthusiasm, boosts confidence in mathematics and shows the different way questions can be asked.
The language used and the way they are asked to make pupils think shows that not all mathematics questions comes down to your mathematical knowledge but rather your interpretation of the question and in some cases reading it properly!
The PMC is designed to make pupils think outside the box. The questions asked are not necessarily subjects that have been covered in the curriculum by this time but the questions can create a great starting point and lead to discussions later in the year.

The Layout

The PMC paper has 25 questions. 20 of these are multiple choice. The first ten questions are slightly easier graduating to harder questions, and the final five require an answer where no choices are given.
There are two practise questions on the front of the paper, the purpose of these questions is to make sure all the pupils know what they doing and where the answers are going. Completing these two questions does not eat into the allocated time for the Challenge.
Pupils can use as much note paper as they need for their working out.

Pupils get...

  •  50 minutes to answer the questions
  •  The chance to take part in a national challenge
  •  10 easy questions to start with
  •  All pupils should achieve a reasonable score
  •  Certificates presented by the school
  •  High-scoring pupils will be invited to take the PMC Bonus Round in February 2018

The Bonus Round

Some of you joining the PMC this year may not be aware of the Bonus Round which takes place in the February.
When the November results have been collated and moderated, high scoring pupils are allocated a unique PMC ID Number and they are then invited to take part in the Bonus Round. Whereas the November Challenge is an in-school competition, the bonus round of PMC sees pupils competing on a National level.
The Bonus Paper is set out in a similar format to the November Challenge paper with 25 questions and 50 minutes to do them in.
Pupils awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze will receive a medal and a certificate. All other entrants receive a certificate for taking part. Getting to the Bonus Round is already a great achievement so pupils should never be disheartened if they do not receive a medal.
Everyone who takes part in the PMC is to be congratulated.
Hina Khan, 16/11/2017