PMC Final Results 2006

Pupil's Comments

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?
 

Teacher's Comments

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

Excellent challenge

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:
 

Mark

0-5

6-10

11-15

16-20

21-25

26-30

% of pupils

0.5

9.2

37.6

41.3

10.6

0.8

 

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:
 

 Gold

48 pupils scoring 22 - 30

 Silver

90 pupils scoring 20 - 21

 Bronze

202 pupils scoring 17 - 19


There are award winners from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. There are two from overseas!
 

Click here to download a list of award winners for the PMC Finals, February 2006.
 

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)