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Pinewood Year 5 Inter-Schools Maths Competition

Pinewood was delighted to welcome 10 local schools to take part in the 3rd Annual Inter-Schools Maths Competition in May 2017.  

After warming up with some short puzzles, the teams’ listening and calculation skills were put to the test in a mental Maths round. They then went through the curtain to the 6 puzzle stations waiting for them, including some fiendish Sudoku-style grids, a chess problem, codes to break and making a tower from marshmallows and sticks. The final round was the Alpharace, where teams had to solve calculations or Countdown style problems to be the first to take a letter off the wall.

The competition was a great success with all children interacting with each other and being excited and engaged by the competition.  There was also enormous sense of pride to be representing their school academically. 


The competition is coordinated and created by Pinewood's Head of Maths, Sam Downe. It takes place in Pinewood's Sports Hall and is supported by an additional 5 members of staff, including the Headmaster.  We also had the support of some Year 8 pupils to help mark the competition.

There was no cost to the participating schools.



Feedback from participating schools was very positive.  It developed both comradeship and competitiveness amongst the children and gave them all a sense of pride for representing their children academically. 

Pupil Involvement

The competition is open to Year 5 children.


This is an annual competition which Pinewood plans to continue for the foreseeable future.