Mathematical whizzes put to the test

PUBLISHED: 15:27 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

(l-r) Chris Little from St Mary’s Dunmow, Emily Senior, of Great Dunmow Primary and Francesca Whitelock, from Henham Primary, put their brains to the test - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

(l-r) Chris Little from St Mary's Dunmow, Emily Senior, of Great Dunmow Primary and Francesca Whitelock, from Henham Primary, put their brains to the test - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

GIFTED children from Thaxted Primary School put their brains to the test on a Maths Challenge Day at St Mary s Primary School in Great Dunmow on Tuesday. Pupils from Years Three to Six took part in a Boeing Challenge and a Counters Championship alongside

GIFTED children from Thaxted Primary School put their brains to the test on a Maths Challenge Day at St Mary's Primary School in Great Dunmow on Tuesday.

Pupils from Years Three to Six took part in a Boeing Challenge and a Counters Championship alongside students from Great Dunmow, Henham and Ugley, Takeley and Rodings Primary's as well as the host school.

Thaxted Primary's subject leader for maths, Tracey Murphy, said the day was a great success.

"It was a really lovely day and was very successful, giving the children from the different schools the chance to integrate with each other," she said.

"We got together a group of the most gifted and talented children from the six schools to give them each a challenge and the chance to do something they wouldn't normally do in class."

Year Three and Four pupils battled it out at counters, a simplified game of chess in which the children had to work together to come up with a winning strategy.

And Year Five and Six students worked in teams consisting of one child from each school to design the best seating plan in an aeroplane which would create the least possible disruptions when passengers needed the toilet.

"It was the first Maths

Challenge Day we've organised and we're planning on doing a similar event in the near future," added Ms Murphy.

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