19 Feb

  • By Stephen

Mrs Thornton is taking 4 of our Y10 mathematicians to the 2015 Maths Feast, which is to be held at Lancaster University on 10th March.
Although this is ‘food and drink’ to Mrs Thornton, this isn’t actually a feast as we know it, but is actually an enjoyable and challenging team competition testing mathematical, team-working and communication skills. Each year the format of the competition changes slightly so that the rounds remain interesting and exciting.
The ‘feast’ is run by FMSP (Further Maths Support Programme) and the following is an extract from the FMSP website:
This year we will not be holding finals – this means that participants can take the materials back to their schools and use them for other students in their classes to enrich and extend their learning. Perhaps the best way of using these materials is to ask participating students to run the rounds with their classes!
The structure of some of the rounds within each competition will be changing and there will be additional material on the website soon to help prepare students, providing a guide to the standard of the mathematics and the sort of problems they might face. However teams will be expected to work together to solve new problems – so there may be surprises!
The Maths Feast is organised on a regional basis with over 70 events taking place across England in February and March 2015. See the table below or visit the FMSP regional pages to find details of the Feast in your area. Additional events are being arranged and will be added over the coming months.
Each team consists of four students in Year 10 working together on a set of problems. They must be accompanied by a member of staff, whose role is to supervise a teams from a different school and mark rounds with the answers provided.

There are several rounds requiring different skills and strategies for success.
Each event lasts approximately 2-3 hours. This may vary slightly between venues.
• Students are encouraged to work as a team or in pairs and only occasionally as individuals.
• Questions include both recreational mathematics and some of a more traditional nature.
• Calculators and equipment, such as rulers and protractors are not permitted.
• There are 6 rounds in the Maths Feast and awards will be given for best teamwork and the winning team of each round.
We have designed the Maths Feast to support students in developing their problem solving skills. For this reason, we are not giving details of the courses in this Feast, although practice materials are available to schools to use if they wish.
The most important skills we want to students to demonstrate in the Feast are those of team work, communication, reacting positively to a new situation and applying previous knowledge to solve problems – Good Luck and Bon Appetite!