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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:01 am 
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Just wondering whether anyone's DC appeared for Junior Maths Challenge yesterday.

http://www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk/individ ... challenge/

My DD's school told us on Monday that she can appear for this exam which seems to be meant for Year 8 and Year 7 kids. DD says that the school did not get enough takers from Year 7 and 8, and therefore requested about 15 kids from Year 6 also to appear for the exam :)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:08 am 
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My DS did it. He is year 7 and he said that the whole year 7 took it, along with the top two sets of year 8. They are taking maths exams this week to set for maths in Y8, so I think they partly use it as an extra sorting tool.

He finished it all and is quite excited about the possibility of a certificate - fingers crossed.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:04 pm 
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My DS also sat the challenge instead of history lesson, was an hour long. Top 1000 get a certificate I think..


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:33 pm 
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Paramjeet wrote:
My DS also sat the challenge instead of history lesson, was an hour long. Top 1000 get a certificate I think..


According to the website (please see the quote below), top 40% of students get some kind of certificate. I read some where else that about 80,000 to 90,000 students appear for this. Top 1200 get to participate in the Maths Olympiad - which is a very high achievement I reckon.

DD is in Year 6, and therefore it is only for fun :). Btw, the website now has both the question paper, and solution set. So, you can get your DCs to check how many they got right :)

UK Mathematics Trust wrote:
High Performers
The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 1200 of the highest scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:03 pm 
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DD also sat it yesterday. She's in year 7 and just the top maths set sat it. When do the results come out?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:47 pm 
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bondgirl wrote:
DD also sat it yesterday. She's in year 7 and just the top maths set sat it. When do the results come out?


DD's school said that the results will be out in about 4 weeks.

Both questions and answers are already on the net. So, maybe DD can figure out which ones she got right!

I found a few questions to be rather tough.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:21 pm 
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Some Y5 and Y6s do this as it's not about knowledge.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:33 pm 
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I found out , in passing, that my children had got gold in this challenge....they didn't think it was worth mentioning............


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:26 am 
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DD's school made a big thing of this. DS didn't even collect his certificate in year 7 as he didn't make it to the Olympiad. I am hoping that my able group took the challenge on Thursday. I had handed over papers and instructions to my successor. Fingers crossed.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:04 am 
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Any tips for encouraging a cautious child to attempt the majority of the questions, rather than be put off by the fact that he might lose a few points by doing so?!


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