What are The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards?
The only team maths competition for primary schools in the UK.
The competition, now in its eighth year, is run in conjunction with the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge and is designed to inspire and challenge talented mathematicians from across the UK.
Fantastic team work
Inspiring the next generation of mathematicians
Our National Young Mathematicians’ Awards feeds a passion for learning and inspires children to aim high! Our past winners have always loved to work in a team to tackle a unique mathematical challenge. Take a look at our video to see just what happens at the final.
About the competition
Our past winners have always loved to work in a team to tackle a unique mathematical challenge. Each school can enter a team of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) in year 6 or below to compete. The children will have the unique opportunity to tackle a never-before-seen mathematical problem!
Warm up your pupils’ brains with this challenge – can they solve it?
Key dates for your diary
The competition consists of three rounds:
Round 1: The first round is a regional knock out undertaken at an Explore Learning centre. This year it will take place on 8th or 9th November 2017.
Round 2: Winners go through to the Semi-Final, which will be held on 29th November 2017, where school teams battle it out against other top schools in their region.
The Grand Final: The top five teams who shine at the second round will be selected from all the regional winners to go through to the Grand Final at the University of Cambridge on 13th December 2017.
Enter a team today!
Every year we invite an inspirational mathematician to be an ambassador for our National Young Mathematicians’ Awards. This year, we were delighted that Kjartan Poskitt is involved with the competition! Kjartan’s books have been translated into about 30 languages and include the 18 Murderous Maths books and also books on space, puzzles, codes, magic, biographies, five historical musicals and several funny novels including his “Agatha Parrot” series. As well as touring the UK with his maths and space shows, he’s been a TV presenter, a pub piano player and Widow Twankey in Aladdin.
Kjartan said: “I’m so pleased to be involved with the National Young Mathematician’s Awards this year. I’ve heard from so many kids who have taken part in the past and they’ve all loved it and come away feeling very proud of themselves. Explore Learning and NRICH are always coming up with fun new maths challenges, and of course nothing beats the feeling of getting an answer right! Maths isn’t just about sums, it’s about games, puzzles and tricks. My personal favourite thing is silly facts! (Did you know the number of seconds in 6 weeks = 10! … ie. 10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1?) So don’t miss this chance to join in, you’ll probably discover you’ve got skills you didn’t even know about!”
FREE TEACHER RESOURCES
If you’d like to prepare a team for The National Young Mathematicans’ Awards, or simply want to find a new maths challenge for your class, you can access our free resources!
NRICH PROBLEM-SOLVING TASKS
We’ve been working with the NRICH Project at the University of Cambridge since 2010. You can find out more about the maths problems they create on the NRICH website.
The winning team members each receive a Meccano M.A.X. Robot worth £149.99 – the most advanced Meccano robot to date, and finalist team members each receive a Meccano 25 Model Set.
The winning team members each receive an EK230 Drawing system pen, EK240 Calligraphy pen and Stix Drawing Pen and their school will receive £500 worth of stationery. The finalist team members also each get a Stix Drawing Pen and a class pack of stationery for their schools.
All teams in the final each win a family trip for four people to Kidzania worth £88, and their schools get a class trip to Kidzania worth £420.
All team members in the final will each win a Sum Fun game, the educational numbers game for the whole family.
All team members in the final each win a signed set of Murderous Maths books by our maths ambassador, Kjartan Poskitt.
Bilton Junior School, 2016
Badger Hill Primary School, 2015
Holbrook Primary School, 2014
Stalyhill Junior School, 2013
Knaphill Junior School, 2012
Wood End Primary School, 2011