There were celebrations all round as pupils from Moulsham Junior School, Chelmsford beat off strong competition from 130 schools to win the annual Key Stage 2 Maths competition.
Organised by EES for Schools, the team competition has been running for eight years and encourages development of maths skills as pupils compete against each other to carry out a range of activities around different mathematical concepts.
This year 147 teams from Essex, London, Birmingham and Leicester took part in local heats before 17 teams took to the stage for the grand final at Chelmsford Football Club.
Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “I am incredibly impressed at the talent and aptitude of all the pupils involved in the Key Stage 2 Maths competition. The standard of entries was extremely high and the participants showed just how fun and engaging maths can be. Congratulations to all involved; I look forward to next year’s competition.”
Emma Graves, Year 6 teacher, Moulsham Junior, Chelmsford said: “I thought that both rounds of the maths competition were fantastic, the children were challenged yet made to feel successful. They all went back to school wanting to tell, and teach, other children about the different activities they had been involved in.
The way the rounds are run being as much about team work as they are mathematical understanding really highlights to the children the importance of working together and listening to one another! Thank you for a fantastic few afternoons of mathematical buzziness!”
Runners up in the competition were White Court School, Great Notley, who finished in second place and Bocking Church Street Primary School, Braintree, and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Colchester, in joint third.
Schools who are interested in entering the competition in 2017 can register online at the EES for Schools CPD portal: EEScpdportal.org and search for course number PTG 16/011.