Maria Dmitrieva, Ayaan Agha, Tanay Mukherjee, and Katelyn Aksyonov from Buttsbury Junior School

Billericay Gazette report: Four bright stars put their minds together to be crowned winners in a county-wide maths competition against 107 other schools.

A team of four Buttsbury Junior School pupils test their skills in the Essex Primary Maths Challenge and were victorious.

Year 6 children Ayaan Agha, Katelyn Aksyonov, Maria Dmitrieva and Tanay Mukherjee entered the first round of the competition in March, which they won and qualified for the finals on Thursday, June 19.

There were four challenging rounds in which the pupils had to work in teams to solve problems.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Ann Robinson, head teacher at the school"]One round was about being detectives and the children had to solve crime investigations. The others were problem solving. There were lots of questions, and instead of doing them quick-fire they got to confer for ten minutes. One of the things that helped them with it was that they worked well as a group. Rather than panicking they delegated into pairs and stormed through to win first prize."

The 11-year-olds were accompanied by teacher Paul Redmill for the final, which was held at Essex County Cricket Club in Chelmsford.

Article and image by Brentwood Gazette

More local news