Primary Maths Challenge  

Mrs H Khan writes: 

Our children in Prep 5 and 6 took part in the Primary Maths Challenge again this year. Every year the Mathematic Association executively run the Primary Maths Challenge, which attracts schools 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 stimulating and motivating mathematics. It  is a test with multiple choice problems which interest pupils and are mathematical. 

About the PMC

The Primary Maths Challenge is a fun and exciting mathematical challenge targeted 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 only be just another test in the school year, we would like to think the PMC encourages enthusiasm, boosts confidence in mathematics and shows the different ways 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 produce a great starting point and lead to discussions later in the year. 

The Layout
The PMC paper consists of 25 questions. 20 of these are multiple choice. The first ten are slightly easier graduating to harder questions, and the final five require an answer where no choices are given. There are two practice questions on the front of the paper, the purpose of these questions is to make sure all the pupils know what they are doing and where the answers are going. Completing these two questions does not eat into the allocated time for the Challenge. 

Pupils get:

  • 45 minutes to answer the questions
  • the chance to take part in the 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 part in the PMC Bonus Round in February 2020
The Bonus Round

Some of those joining in with the Primary Maths Challenge 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 worldwide level (yes we have many overseas schools taking part in PMC every year and we are pleased to note that the number increases year on year)! 

 The Bonus Paper is set out in a similar format to the November Challenge paper with 25 questions and 45 minutes to do them in. 

Pupils awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze will recieve a medal and a certificate. All other entrants recieve a certificate for taking part. Getting to the Bonus Round is already a great achievement in itself so pupils should never be dishearted if they do not recieve a medal. 

Everyone who takes part in the PMC is to be congratulated.

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