Mrs Jackson announced the results of the latest SumDog Challenge competition and the Primary Maths Challenge in November’s Achievement Assembly. And what a great set of results they were!

In the latest SumDog Challenge round there were 370 classes who competed, which equated to 8713 pupils. For Derby Grammar School the results were:

  • Y3 & 4 combined team: 23rd out of 370
  • Y5: 60th out of 370
  • Y6: 124th out of 370.

In addition, our boys did incredibly well based on their individual results:

  • George (Year 3) came 21st out of 8713
  • Daniel (Year 4) was 23rd
  • Nicolas (Year 5) was 57th.

The boys also took part in a voluntary SumDog Challenge over the recent half term which required them to complete 500 questions based on timetables.

Mrs Jackson was impressed by the number of boys who chose to take up the challenge. Sadi (Year 3) came first, Thomas (Year 6) was second and Alex (Year 6) was third.

As well as the regular SumDog Challenge competitions we also take part in the annual Primary Maths Challenge (PMC).

This is a national competition which our Year 6 enter. PMC questions don’t depend on mathematical knowledge alone, but on the ability to think things through, be logical and find ways to solve problems. Pupils also need to read the questions carefully.

In the November round we were delighted to award Gold Certificates to James and Shivam, a Silver Certificate to Atri and Bronze Certificates to Sam and Krishan.

Mrs Jackson said: “The boys said the Primary Maths Challenge was a tough one! The questions are designed to make them think outside the box, they aren’t heavily reliant on formal mathematical knowledge, but can be solved by logical reasoning.

They all performed incredibly well. We now wait with anticipation to find out if any of our pupils have made it through to the Bonus Round in February.”