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The National Young Mathematicians' Awards

The National Young Mathematicians' Awards is the only team Maths competition for primary schools in the UK. The competition is run in conjunction with the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge, and is designed to inspire and challenge talented mathematicians from across the country.

Each participating school enters a team of 4 children - 2 boys and 2 girls - which is asked to solve a multi-layered, high-level problem. The competition consists of three rounds. The Croft team got through the first regional knock-out round, last week, and is now through to the semi-final on Wednesday 25 November where our team will battle it out against one other school in this region to try and win a space at the Grand Final taking place at the University of Cambridge on Tuesday 8 December.


Our team, made up of Zara H, Eleanor C, Archie R and George P, demonstrated fantastic teamwork and effective mathematical thinking. They scored 38 out of 40 in the first round (dropping only two marks due to not quite finishing the final challenge question), with full marks being awarded for their teamwork, which really impressed everybody at the Centre.


Thoughts from the day – Eleanor said it was great to experience the competition, and missing half a day of school was a bonus! George felt nervous when he first heard he was one of the children picked for the competition, but really enjoyed the day when it came. Archie really enjoyed the experience and is very happy that the team got through to the regional final. Zara is very proud of what the team achieved too and how well they worked as a team. Miss Maclean is very proud of the team too and can’t wait to see what the next challenge is on Wednesday.