We had a huge number of entries for our competition this year. The standard was incredibly high, and we were so impressed with the efforts so many of you have put in.
We decided that your work was so impressive that we are awarding not one, but two £100 prizes: one for primary and one for secondary.
Here are the winning entries. For Primary, we awarded the prize to Orla Sheppard, a Y5 pupil from Higher Bebington Junior School, Wirral. Orla’s teacher, Rachael Pugh, said ‘I’m so proud of Orla – We’d talked about Katherine Johnson in class, and she worked hard and did all the research herself.’
Here is Orla’s video:
The secondary winner was Annie Gill, who is in Year 8 at Beaulieu Park School, Chelmsford. Head of Maths Maisie Tickner said “We’re delighted – Annie is so passionate about this, and when she heard about the competition she came straight to my office wanting to enter!
Here is Annie’s video:
The standard and originality were excellent this year, so we decided to also ‘highly commended’ status to some of the other entries – these will be announced here tomorrow once the winners have had time to celebrate!
Today we are delighted to announce that we will be parterning with the financial charity LifeSavers, who have produced some great resources around financial literacy. So any people are disadvantaged by lack of financial understanding around money, so the idea is to educate people early before they get into difficulties. There will also be a money puzzle on each of our daily pages.
Let’s face it, 2020 doesn’t have much going for it, but at least we can say that one thing is better than last year – Maths Week England! Last year we saw an amazing 210,000 people take part; this year we already have over 250,000 and there are still three weeks to go!
If you haven’t already, please encourage your contacts to sign up via this short form – let’s improve the life chances of all our young people.
We are delighted to announce that our committee of people who are passionate about reaching people with maths has now been formed, and is working hard behind the scenes to ensure that Maths Week England 2020 is even better than our inaugural year.
We have been busy behind the scenes and can now announce that we have no less than four partners running competitions for Maths Week 2019: they are Mangahigh, Sumdog, Time Table Rockstars, and MEI. See the competition page for details.
Maths Week England is born!
Mark the date: 3rd April 2019 was the official birth of Maths Week England, and Twitter as its birthplace. This was followed two weeks later by the publication of this website. This is the page of the site on which we will post the latest developments, including items of news, ways you can get involved, and ways you can help celebrate Maths Week 2019, which takes place from 11th to 16th November.
We envisage that Maths Week will start small initially as it is being privately funded, but with enough help and support it will continue to grow annually until every child has a chance to engage with the beauty and magic of mathematics. This is all about engaging the population (but particularly the nation’s young people) with a subject that has a bit of an image problem; with your help, we can change that. See our six aims for further detail.
Extremely important too is the principle that this remains ‘of the people’. This means that Maths Week will only be successful in direct proportion to the number of people who are willing to get behind it and dive into the wonderful world of mathematics.
In addition to that, we will shortly be able to reveal news of a World Record attempt – check back soon!