On Monday 1st February 2021, a group of Year 8s took part in the 2021 UKMT Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.
This challenge presented a great opportunity to complete some complex problem solving and a nice way to celebrate Mathematics! The students completed the challenge online and deserve special praise for their efforts as they took part in the challenge alongside other year groups in senior schools right across the country. We were delighted to have three award winners in Anda (Bronze), Henry (Bronze) and Zong (Gold and qualified for the next round in the IMC). Well done to them and to the rest of our students for performing ever so well and representing Lambrook admirably in this year’s IMC.
The Intermediate Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. What makes our Year 8 pupils’ achievements even more impressive is that they were competing against Senior School students in Years 9 – 11. As well as two Bronze Awards, a Lambrook pupil also managed to achieve a Gold award, an automatic qualification for the next round of the competition.
Challenging pupils, developing problem solving skills, encouraging students to think outside of the box, and applying maths to real life situations are at the core of how Mathematics is taught at Lambrook. Our Upper School pupils learnt the basics of percentages and ratio and then built on this knowledge by deciding which interest rate, both compound and simple, would make the best investment for their savings and worked out percentages individuals in a family tree would inherit from Great Grandma’s will. Pupils real world learning is also enhanced by the use of laptops where they can share the class smartboard and brainstorm as they’re working and learn how to write formulas in Excel.
Last term some of Year 8 was asked the question, ‘How to buy a House?’ and their resulting Power Point presentations included research into how much the average house in the UK costs as well as the best mortgage options and deposits.
This week in their Activities session, some Middle School pupils have been looking at the question of budgeting for holiday where they have been challenged to really think about how their budget should be spent, necessities and ‘nice to have’s’.
Relating maths to the world around us begins in Pre Prep. This week in Year 2 pupils are studying 2D and 3D shapes. They then looked at the way artists used shapes in art and made their own artist inspired artwork before exploring the grounds to find some 3D shapes.
In Lower School, to enhance their understanding of measurement, our Year 4 mathematicians headed out to the Astro recently with measuring wheels to measure the length, width and perimeter of one of the pitches. In lessons they have been learning how to measure lines accurately in mm, cm and metres, as well as converting between the different units.
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