Girls from across the area battle it out in tough maths challenge at Southsea school

From left, Izzy Doyle, Grace Dixon, Caitlin Bitri and Hatty Robbins from Meon Junior School at the Maths Challenge. 

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From left, Izzy Doyle, Grace Dixon, Caitlin Bitri and Hatty Robbins from Meon Junior School at the Maths Challenge. Picture: Sarah Standing (160517-7487)
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  • Mathematics Challenge Day now in its fourth year
  • It is used to encourage girls to consider careers using maths
  • 11 schools took part
  • Meon Junior School, in Milton, were victors
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WHILE some youngsters run a mile when presented with a question on algebra, others can’t get enough of it.

And girls from primary schools across the area couldn’t wait to flex their mathematical muscles at a competition dedicated to promoting the subject.

Esther Tuttle, left, and Amelie Jewitt from St Alban's Primary School, 

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Esther Tuttle, left, and Amelie Jewitt from St Alban's Primary School, Picture: Sarah Standing (160517-7510)

Portsmouth High School for Girls hosted primary and junior schools for a mathematics challenge day.

It was led by Portsmouth High School’s head of mathematics Paul Goldbrum and his team, who put together some tough questions for them to tackle.

The girls from Years 5 and 6 were faced with some stretching maths challenges covering numeracy and shapes.

They took part in group activities including rounds where they had to corroboratively answer questions and do relay rounds where basic algebra was required.

This gives them the self-confidence and opportunities to prove that they can problem solve and encourages the girls to consider careers involving subjects such as engineering, in the future

Paul Goldbrum

‘It is so exciting when you get the right answers,’ said Josie Tanner, from Wimborne Juniors about the relay round. ‘I have loved the combination of PE, maths and even the creative parts where we had to design mirror images.’

Mr Goldbrum said: ‘This is the fourth year we have run the event.

‘It is particularly important for girls to apply their problem-solving and mathematical skills in a fun and friendly competition.

‘This gives them the self-confidence and opportunities to prove that they can problem solve and encourages the girls to consider careers involving subjects such as engineering, in the future.’

Katelyn Ingram, left, and Paige Ruffell from Wimborne Junior School 

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Katelyn Ingram, left, and Paige Ruffell from Wimborne Junior School Picture: Sarah Standing (160517-7507)

Alverstoke CoE Juniors, Fernhurst Juniors, Langstone Juniors, Mengham Juniors, Meon Juniors, Mill Rythe Juniors, Northern Parade, Portsmouth High Juniors, St Alban’s Primary and Wimborne Juniors took part.

The winning team was from Meon Juniors, in Milton, Portsmouth.