A Yorke Mead pupil has been presented with a silver award by The Mathematical Association in this year’s Primary Mathematics Challenge (PMC).
Ten-year-old, Jaiden Patel received the prestigious honour which makes him one of the best young mathematicians in the UK.
The first stage of the challenge took place in November 2019 when the pupil competed alongside 66,500 children across the country.
He successfully answered a variety of multiple choice mathematics problems, Jaiden joined the highest scorers who were invited to take part in the PMC Bonus Round in February 2020.
Jaiden rose to the challenge and was one of just 1590 pupils to win an award in the Bonus Round.
Speaking about his success, Lucille Pollard, head teacher said: “We are all extremely proud that Jaiden has won a silver award, missing gold by just two marks. It is such an achievement to receive recognition for mathematical ability on a national scale. All of the children at the school enjoyed taking part in the challenge and most importantly, it shows them that maths can be fun.”
Katherine Milner, chair of the Primary Mathematics Challenge committee added: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Jaiden and all of the pupils that participated. We received a large number of entries which reflects a real appetite for solving maths problems and puzzles.
“Feedback made reference to how interesting, entertaining, relevant and imaginative the questions were. Other comments mentioned how excited and ‘buzzing’ the children were following the challenge with many conversations about particular questions spilling over into the playground and classroom. One question that seemed to have this effect was that regarding the heights of different penguins.”
The next Primary Mathematics Challenge takes place on November 9, 2020. Details can be found at primarymathschallenge.org.uk