Primary Maths Challenge:
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The Primary Maths Challenge (PMC) created by The Mathematical Association is a fun and exciting mathematical challenge. It is a good basis for use in the preparation for the 11 plus exam (a good stretch for the more able students aiming for top schools). It is aimed at pupils aged 9 - 11 years old.
The PMC is not designed to be just another test in the school year. The PMC encourages enthusiasm, boosts confidence in mathematics and shows the different way questions can be asked. The problem solving style of the questions helps pupils to develop their reasoning skills.
The PMC paper has 25 questions. 20 of these are multiple choice. The questions are graded; starting with easy ones and graduating to harder questions. The final five require an answer where no choices are given. Pupils get:
It is the intention that teachers decide how the certificates be awarded. One gold, two silver and three bronze certificates are provided in each packof 10 papers. Decisions are an 'in-school' task. The spirit of the PMC is that, in each school, there will be a number of gold, silver and bronze pupils who deserve certificates!
There is a Bonus Round win February. The Bonus Round is an invite only opportunity for those pupils who did well in the first round, to extend and challenge their maths skills. The Paper is set out in a similar format to the November challenge paper with 25 questions and 45 minutes to do them in.
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