Battle of the Brains

Partner: Preston Primary School, Preston, Hitchin
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: CCF

A University Challenge type event for schools to compete against each other in teams of 4.  Schools can enter as many teams as they like.  Parents and teachers are welcome to come and watch the final which will take place at the end of the day.

Aims of the project

The project encourages children to expand their general knowledge and encourages healthy competition.  The success of the event depends on the questions being varied in both topic and difficulty as to challenge the children whilst enjoying the event.  Parents and teachers also watch the final debate which allows the children to experience debating in front of an audience.

Background and goals

The project arose from our English Department.  What is important in their eyes is the ability to use language accurately and precisely, and to not only be able to write critical essays but to be able to voice their opinions to the same standard.  Battle of the Brains gives children the opportunity to learn these skills.

Resources

Four quiz machines - each participant has a buzzer to press when they know the answer.

Two quiz masters - this is usually two members of staff from the Humanities Department, who collate the questions and decide on the format of the day.

Awards for the winning teams.

Organising which schools will be taking part in the quiz starts around six months before the event; once numbers are collated Princess Helena College decides on the format and catering for the day.  The event itself lasts an afternoon - 2.00 - 6.00-pm - and occurs once every academic year.

Pupil involvement

Age of contestants:  8-10

Gender: Boys and girls

Independent and state schools are invited

Frequency and duration

A single event which is held annually.

The event itself lasts an afternoon - 2.00 - 6.00-pm - and occurs once every academic year; being one of our most popular events it is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.