Made my brain ache
Mostly logic and reasoning - my favourite maths!
I was proud to represent my school
I enjoyed doing the maths challenge
Your brain gets a good workout!
It was hard but I stayed calm
It was hard but I like a good challenge
The problems even make our teachers think hard.
They ask really weird questions
You want to do well
Although it was hard it was still fun
A great mind bender
The mathematical disease was cheesy!
Good fun - better than numeracy hour in class
What's an ounce?
Great mix of problems
Tricky - kept the staff busy for hours after the test!
Thomas was thrilled to have reached the Finals
I am thinking of using some of the problems at our next staff INSET on problem solving!
Difficult - it caused debate and discussion in the staffroom.
Pupils loved the idea of seeing 40 ears and 66 legs out of your window
Another cracking ingenious set test - many thanks
Stimulating experience for our most able children
I think the whole process is very rewarding for the children
The challenge promotes a feeling of success for the more able
Loved the humour!
The level was spot on as always
Another fantastic paper
A true test of mathematics
Refreshingly different from school maths
Animated conversation afterwards
No member of staff could do Q25
Great fun - different to SATS stuff!
I loved Q15
More than 1000 pupils were invited to take the Finals this year (pupils who scored 27 or more in the November 2005 PMC). The paper was a little more difficult this year - here is the mark distribution:
% of pupils
This year's Finals challenge was more difficult than the February 2005 paper and the mark distribution reflects this. The PMC Problems Team will aim to set a Finals paper for 2007 which challenges the best young mathematicians in the country whilst allowing other Finalists to score a respectable mark!
Last year we awarded 262 medals. This year PMC medals have been sent to 340 award-winners:
48 pupils scoring 22 - 30
90 pupils scoring 20 - 21
202 pupils scoring 17 - 19
There are award winners from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. There are two from overseas!
Congratulations to all these pupils. They scored very high marks on a difficult challenge paper.
(Note: some names have been withheld at the school's request)