Latest Maths News
UKMT Junior Team Challenge
On Tuesday 21st March a group of four mathematicians from years 8 and 9 travelled to Ashford School to take part in the UKMT Junior team challenge
Maths Trip to Disney 2017
This year our 7th trip to Disneyland Paris involved 116 students and 12 staff.
Alan Turing Cryptography
The Alan Turing Cryptography competition started this term and we currently have 4 teams of students from years 8 through to 10 taking part.
Maths STEM Day
On Thursday 26th January we were lucky enough to have STEM ambassadors from Canterbury Christchurch University in school.
Saturday 21st January saw the first of the 2017 Masterclasses at the University of Kent
UKMT Senior Team Challenge
December 7th saw a team of 4 6th formers brave the cold and travel to Canterbury for the UKMT senior team challenge.
UKMT Senior challenge Nov 2016
Another brilliant set of results from our sixth form mathematicians who were joined by some very promising year 11, 10 and even a year 8 student for an hour of serious mathematical problem solving.
Year 7 Bowling Trip
The maths department organized their annual bowling trip for the whole of year 7 towards the end of November this year.
July 2016- Year 8 activities week- Team challenge competition
We've had another great competition-packed day with our keen mathematicians in year 8. Students worked in teams of four competing in 4 UKMT style team challenge rounds: group round, crossnumber, mini relay and running relay. The challenge finished with a practical round, where teams had to make the longest colour coded pi chain. There were lots of prizes for the best teams in each round and the overall winning team. It was great to see our young mathematicians enjoy the day. Thank you to all the sixthformers and staff who helped to make the day such a success.
Wnners of the year 8 maths day.
July 2016- Year 9 activities week- Code-cracking day
Year 9 spent the day experiencing a range of coding and encryption methods used down through the ages; from Caesar Shifts (named after Julius Caesar) through to the WW2 secrecy of Bletchley Park and the Enigma Code, culminating in the coding used to ensure the safety of modern day credit/debit cards.
There was a competitive element to the day’s proceedings as the pupils worked in teams against each other across a range of encryption/decryption tasks. So congratulations are extended once again to the winners (Charlie Mair, Dylan Mogg, Callum Musselwhite and Fergus Rogers) and indeed to all who took part ensuring an enjoyable and informative day was had by all.
Winners of the year 9 day
2016 Intermediate UKMT Individual Challenge
Our best mathematicians from year 9 to 11 sat the UKMT Intermediate challenge with outstanding results. There were 13 gold, 25 silver and 42 bronze certificates.
Congratulations to the following students who achieved gold certificates
Year 11 James White, William Dean, Hal Mutton, Alistair Manclark, Menno Kramer
Year10 Linley Rich, Connor Smith, Jarvis Stevens, Samuel Dynes, George James
Year 9 Kazki Fairman, Timothy Attwell, Jonah Worledge
Follow on rounds
Year 9 students Timothy Attwell, Jonah Worledge, Toby Attwell together with Lydia Nottingham from Year7 scored high enough to make it to the follow-on Grey Kangaroo round. Timothy and Jonah achieved a merit in this extra round, well done!
Linley, Connor, Jarvis and Sam from year 10 and James, William, Hal and Alistair from Year 11 progressed to the next next Pink Kangaroo round. James and Hal achieved a merit in this round, well done!
Kazki Fairman, who had the highest score in year 9, did so well that he was invited to sit the extra challenging Cayley Olympiad, which required him to sit a 2 hour paper. He went on to achieve a merit in this highly selective competition. Well done!
2016 Junior UKMT Individual Challenge.
Another set of fantastic results from our growing talent in year 7 and 8 who perforemed brilliantly in their individual UKMT challenge. Overall, we have had 7 gold, 21 silver and 19 bronze certificates across the two year groups.
In year 8 the gold winners were Leon Munt, Pawel Lisowski, Hang Cao and Shiam Srikumar.
The gold certificates in year 7 were awarded to Lydia Nottingham, Louis Sotiri and Jessica Booth.
We are especially proud of Lydia, whose score was the highest in school and she was invited to take part in the Junior Maths Olympiad. Lydia achieved a merit in this follow-on round showing her brilliant mathematical skills! What an impressive achievement in year 7, well done!
Well done to all those who took part in this challenge.
3rd place in the regional final of UKMT team challenge-March 2016
Following on from the school round of the team challenge organised by Mrs. Atkins, the best team of four mathematicians travelled to Dover College to compete in the regional final against 14 other teams.
Kazki Fairman, Timothy Attwell (yr 9), Reginold Baskaran and Leon Munt (yr 8) practised for the competitions in lunchtime sessions and showed off their mathematical skills in four varied rounds. They gained almost full points in the group round, maths shuttle (mini relay) and cross number. They finished the competition with some fast running and problem solving in the maths relay. We were very pleased to achieve 3rd place overall and had a great day cracking difficult problems. Well done to the team!
Trip to Disneyland Paris
The annual year 10 Maths and MFL trip to Disneyland and Paris took place just before February half term.
Friday 4th March saw a group of 4 year 10 students travel to Canterbury to take part in a Maths Feast run by the Further Maths Support Network.
January 2016 Year 7 Maths Enrichment
All of our year 7 students were treated to a series of outstanding maths/science sessions organised by Canterbury Christ Church University PGCE department as part of STEMNET. These sessions included Sherlock trigonometry mystery, Star Wars treasure hunt ending in a top trumps battle and solving a dragon mystery. All students had a great time and left enthused about maths and science.
December 2015- Senior Kangaroo.
The results are now in and Joe, Matthew, Amy and Sam achieved a qualification certificate. Joshua Attweel (year 11) did brilliantly again, achieving Merit Certificate, which is awarded to the best 25% of candidates taking part in this challenge nationally. Well done.
November 2015- UKMT Senior Challenge
Our sixthform mathematicians secured another excellent set of results in the UKMT Senior Challenge. They were joined on the day by our best 20 Year 11 mathematicians and one year 7 student. Altogether there were 8 gold, 21 silver and 47 bronze certificates. Well done to all who took part.
The best scores were achieved by:
Year 13: Joseph Wheelan, Ethan Perry and Susannah Grace
Year 12: Matthew Lacey, Sam Nicholson and Amy Clayton
Year 12: Joshua Attwell, Menno Kramer and Harrison Mogg-Walls
Joe, Matthew, Sam, Amy and Joshua did so well that they made it to the follow on Senior Kangaroo round taking place in December.
Year 7 Bowling Trip
In November the maths department took the whole of year 7 to Bugsy's in Cliftonville for an afternoon of bowling and data collection
Just for Graphs
On Friday 4th Dec the Maths Department organised a trip to the Theatre Royal
World Maths Day
This year World Maths Day was held on 14th October. All students were registered and the maths department organised prizes for the top 3 students in each category
Maths in Motion Centre of Excellence
Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School has been awarded a Challenge Centre of Excellence status for the Jaguar cars sponsored Maths in Motion competition.
July 2015 Year 8 Maths Challenge day
Our year 8 mathematicians took part in a super maths challenge day. They worked in groups of four, helped by a sixthformer, working through a set of exciting mathematical challenges. The day started with a group round and cross number challenge, followed by mini-relay, where teams were put under time pressure. Practically-minded teams were at an advantage during the pi chain competition and sporty mathematicians were given a chance to shine when racing in the relay round. The day was finished with making pi loom bands in the afternoon. There were lots of prizes for each round and our overall winners were announced in the afternoon.
Congratulations to the overall winners: Team LotraePI: Bethany Lloyd, Esabel Carter, Rosie Axon and Claire Meakins.
Here are some comments from our students and photos from the day:
I enjoyed all of today as all of the acitivites were imaginative and fun. Especially the loom bands. Hope it is as good next year!
Today was quite fun, some acitivities were really fun. Our 6th former, Hannah, was really nice and helped us.Some activities were quite brain-hurting, like some of the quizes.
I hated the loom bands, they kept breaking, but I liked the rest.
Today was marvellous and all of the people in my group enjoyed it.
It was utterly amazing! Love maths even more now.
I thought today was fun. I liked the quizes and the loombands, which was basically everything.
This day was jolly well marvellous, loved it tons. The loom bands were super fun!
Today, I enjoyed the relay activiity because it was fun.
I enjoyed the maths relay and paper chaings, also the pi bracelets.
I have liekd the maths day because it was challenging but quite fun as well.
I thought it was brilliant!
I liked the maths day as it was a fun day of learning but was challenging at times!!
Today was quite good and the sixth former was good. I liked today as it was new and showed fun side of maths.
The maths day was much better than I expected.
July 2015 Year 9 Cipher Challenge day
As part of the activities week, our year 9 students had a great day cracking mathematical codes and ciphers. They found out about transposition ciphers, Caesar shift ciphers, the importance of frequency analysis in code breaking and pig pen ciphers. They also worked with credit card and ISBN ciphers, followed a web quest about Alan Turing and had a go at cracking a code conundrum. Sporty mathematicians had an advantage in the grid relay and the fastest code crackers could improve their score by completing a challenging crossnumber puzzle. We all enjoyed watching The Imitation Game telling the story of Alan Turing; the great mathematician who helped to break the Enigma code during WWII.
Our lovely sixthformers helped keeping the score during the day and there were lots of prizes to sweeten the end of the day for seven of the best teams. Thank you to everyone who helped to organise and run the day.
The overall winning team: Oscar Keyworth, Matyas Pesci, Jamie Ford and Ralph Williams
Another one of the winning teams
Sixthform score keepers: James Weston, Hannah Musindi, Jacob Crook, Amy Jarvis, Rob Cook, Joseph Wheelan and Clifford Beak.
June 2015- UKMT Junior Kangaroo Results
Finally, the results are in and we are so proud to announce that Kazki Freeman (yr8) achieved a Merit in the Junior Kangaroo Competition. Both Rosie Axon (yr8) and Tom Piggott (yr7) achieved a ceritificate of qualification. Well done to all three students.
(photos to follow)
May 2015 UKMT Junior challenge results
It's wonderful to see that we have some brilliant talent growing in KS3. Our brightest mathematicians in year 7 and 8 achieved some outstanding results!
In total there were 9 gold, 17 silver and 24 bronze certificates across the two years.
The gold winners are (in order)
Year 8: Rosie Axon, Kazki Fairman, Callum Musselwhite, William Burgess, Timothy Attwell, Thomas Curtis
Year 7 : Tom Piggott, Leon Munt, Ashwin Ganesaratnam.
Rosie, Kazki and Tom have been invited to take part in the follow on Kangaroo Olympiad round. We are especially impressed with Rosie, whose excellent score guarantees her the best in school certificate. Well done to all who took part in this challenge.
(photos to follow soon)
April 2014 UKMT Follow on rounds
The results are finally in and we are delighted to report that both Menno Kramer and Joshua Attwell received a MERIT for their competent performance in their Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad Hamilton paper.
Chris Norwood and Matthew Lacey receive a Merit for their performance in the Kangaroo round.
Well done to all who took part.
Year 10 Olympiad certificate winners
Chris (year 11)
March 27th 2015 Maths Inspiration Trip
The maths department took sixty year 10 and 12 mathematicians to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury for the latest installment of Maths Inspiration lectures. We were treated to three fantastic talks hosted by the maths celebrity Matt Parker (worth looking up on youtube).
Bestselling maths author Rob Eastaway gave a talk on Pepsi, Penalties and Politics, where he showed us the importance of mathematics and game theory and what it can tell us about why peace, harmony and love are not quite as easy to achieve as some songs might suggest.
Channel 4 documentary presenter Hugh Hunt gave a lecture titled How Many Cows Does it Take to Win a War? In this WWI
100th anniversary talk, he took a mathematical look at the genius of the Zeppelin, and the remarkable story of how feeble British biplanes eventually managed to shoot the Zeppelins down.
Hal Mutton (year 10) managed to win the main prize for answering the Busting Myths in A level exams quiz. We are sure he is going to spend the £25 on popular maths books. Another highlight was to get Matt Parker's autograph on a calculator.
We had a brilliant day out discovering the role maths plays outside the classroom. Certainly, not just the maths teachers were left inspired by the day!
March 2014 UKMT Inermediate Challenge Results
Another fantastic set of results from our year 10 and 11 mathematicans in the UKMT individual chellenge. The top 40% of the selected students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3. Our talented mathematicians achieved 11 gold, 19 silver and 29 bronze certificates.
Congratulations to the students below who have achieved a gold certificate (you will have to do the ratio problem above to find their percentile nationally):
Year 10: Joshua Attwell, Menno Kramer, Hal Mutton, Alastair Manclark, Oliver Benjamin
Year 11: Chris Norwood, Katie Knight, Amy Clayton, Matthew Lacey, Hansaka Seneviratne, Peter Clapham
Chris Norwood achieved the Best in Year award in year 11 and Joshua Attwell achieve Best in Year and Best in School awards.
The following students were invited to the follow on Mathematical Olympiad rounds:
Pink Kangaroo (a 1 hour multiple choice problem solving test) : Chris Norwood, Katie Knight, Amy Clayton, Matthew Lacey, Hansaka Seneviratne, Hal Mutton
Hamilton Paper (a 2 hour problem solving paper): Joshua Attwell and Menno Kramer.
12th March 2015- Another fantastic second place at UKMT team challenge
Another outstanding achievement from our year 8 and 9 mathematicians who came second in the Regional Final of the UKMT team challenge held at Dover College. Our team consisting of Nicole Lay, Alika Jenkins, Tim Attwell and Kazki Fairman did brilliantly at all of the rounds but a little error somewhere along the way cost them the first place we were all hoping for. This just proves what maths teachers say all along: every point counts! Nevertheless, it was such an exciting mathematical day for all of us and next year, surely, we will win! The team met regularly in the weeks before the competition and trained hard for the event and are now hoping that they will be picked as the runner up team for the national final in June.
Prize presentation and our team hard at work.
4th March 2015- Year 10 Maths Feast in Canterbury
Two teams of four year 10 mathematicians represented our school at the regional Maths Feast competition in Canterbury Academy. Maths Feast is 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. It is organised by the Further Maths Support Network and included 4 fun rounds of tasty mathematical meals (group round, origami round, four in a row and even learning new maths of set theory).
A big well done to our teams for winning one of the rounds in the competition. We are very proud of you!
Left: Winners: Georgina Raye, Alistair Manclark, Emma Hudson, Johua Attwell
Right: Beatrice Lever, Hal Mutton, Menno Kramer, Isha Mandke
Columbus cubes: working hard on the origami round, one of the skills we may need to practise for in the future.
10/2/15-13/2/15 Maths in Disney
28/01/15 Year 7 Girls' Stemnet Day
Our year 7 girls got stuck in some exciting Stemnet activities as part of the national drive to encourage girls into Science and Mathematics based careers. The activities were run by Canterbury Christ Church University College PGCE Students, training to become maths and science teachers. The girls thoroughly enjoyed two out of the following three sessions:
Mission impossible: Mathematical Mission to get into a volt and crack a safe
Pirate Adventure: Three different maths activities to earn materials to build a raft which would be able to float and carry lego pirate and cannon
Monsters Ink: Activities on ecology and natural selection using monsters as the organisms to compete for food.
An added bonus for us, the teachers, was to see two of our own ex students running the sessions. Miss Henrietta Dubbins and Miss Francesca Smith are both in the final stages of their PGCE course, training to become brilliant maths teachers. It was so lovely to have our home-grown talent back with us and we are sure that we will see our year 7 girls doing the same in 10 years' time!
December 2014 -Senior UKMT Olympiad Results
Chris Norwood from year 11 and Andrew Kerrigan from year 13 have been selected for the follow on Kangaroo round, having scored highly in the Senior individual UKMT challenge.
Chris has achieved a MERIT with an impressive score of 65.
Andrew has achieved a certificate of participation.
Well done to both of our mathematicians for doing so well, especially to Chris who has competed against year 12 and 13 mathematicians in this round.
Andrew (year 13)
Mrs Sonnen and Mr Fergusson took a group of year 12 Further Mathematicians to the University of Kent Gulbenkian Cinema to see The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. We enjoyed this wonderful and sad film which sheds light on the top secret code breaking work that went on at Bletchley Park during Worl War II. An excellent mathematical Sunday afternoon out! We are planning a trip to Bletchley Park next.
21/11/14- Year 7 Bowling trip
The maths department took our year 7 boys and girls ten pin bowling. The pupils had a great time playing two games and collected data for their statistics project. They are summarising their data in tables and producing charts and graphs to explore whether there was an improvement from first game to the second. There was an overall winner on each day who will be presented with a bolwing related prize. The students' project posters will be displayed around the school and we will put some photos of the posters here too.
17/11/14-Excellent results in UKMT Senior Challenge
Our year 11,12 and 13 mathematicians achieved 3 Gold, 9 silver and 23 Bronze certificates in this year's UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. The best scores in each year and gold certificates were achieved by Chris Norwood (year 11), Lloyd Taylor (year 12) and Andrew Kerrigan (year 13).
Andrew and Chris have been invited to sit the follow on Senior Kangaroo challenge on 28th November.
The following students achieved silver Certificates:
Year 13: Charlotte Crabb, Shadi Abushams, Karmen Murphy and Darren Castro
Year 12:David Whatley, Joseph Shelley, Steven Jones, Callum Elliott, Harry Pennington
Well done to all of you!
12/11/14 Regional Finals of Senior Team Maths Challenge
4/7/14 - UKMT Junior Challenge [more]
4/7/14 - Puzzle Challenge [more]
26/3/14 - UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge [more]
13/3/14 - UKMT Team Challenge [more]