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Curriculum: Top RLS Mathematicians Excel in UKMT Maths Challenge

Top RLS Mathematicians excel in UKMT Maths Challenge

At the beginning of  the year selected mathematicians from Years 9, 10 and 11 sat the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge.  

The Intermediate Challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is designed to  provide extra challenge to the most able mathematicians..The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by pupils from over 30 countries worldwide.

We were delighted that 4 of our students achieved Gold awards, 18 achieved Silver awards and 26 achieved Bronze awards with Finn Howard (Year 11) getting ‘Best in School’ and being invited to do the Pink Kangaroo. Pat Van Hoorn, Robin Howard and Sam Legg—all from Year 9—also did particularly well and were invited to do the Grey Kangaroo in exam conditions on 16th March

Intermediate Kangaroo

Kangourou sans Frontières (KSF) is an independent association, whose purpose is to organise the annual Kangaroo contest with the aim of promoting mathematics among young people around the world. The name sounds strange, but recognises the fact that the organisation was inspired by the Australian Mathematics Trust. Each year over six million school pupils aged 5-18 from more than 50 countries throughout the world take part at various levels. So when you sit the Kangaroo you are part of a huge community of maths students! The UKMT has been involved in Kangaroo activities for many years and uses the hour-long multiple-choice papers (in English) as an extension to the Intermediate Challenge. Certificates of merit are awarded to the top 25%, certificates of qualification to everyone else taking part and keyfobs to everyone.

Earlier this week we received the results for these 4 boys. All of them performed very well in this particularly challenging test with Finn Howard (Year 11) getting a merit in the Pink Kangaroo and Pat Van Hoorn getting a merit in the Grey Kangaroo. 

Very well done to all the students who took part! We thought you might like to try a question at home so above are a couple of examples.. Question 5. is from a Grey Kangaroo paper, Question 2. is from a Pink Kangaroo paper. Good luck!

Richard Lander School