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February Half Term Challange

February Half Term Challenges

These are maths competitions for pupils to complete at home during February Half Term. This year the competitions are being run by the STEM team at the University of Leeds.

Information for teachers
Please download the competition paper (Half Term Challenge) (Senior Half Term Challenge) and distribute it to your pupils in time for them to attempt the challenges over the February half term holiday.

The Half Term Challenge is aimed at mathematically able and enthusiastic pupils in Years 7 and 8, whilst the Senior Half Term Challenge is aimed at similar pupils in Years 9 and 10.

We will accept entries from within a distance of approximately 10π of Leeds (of course students further afield are very welcome to have a go at the half term challenge for fun).

Please remind your pupils of the following points:

  • Their entry must be their own work, though of course they may ask for help on how to start or for the meanings of unfamiliar words.
  • Entries without any working out at all or written on the Half Term Challenge / Senior Half Term Challenge sheet will not be marked.
  • It is possible to win a prize even if they have not completed all of the questions, so hand in their entry even if it is not quite finished.
  • They must write their name and school in neat writing on every page.

Once you have received your pupils’ entries, please fill their names in on the mark sheet which you can download here:

Half Term Challenge mark sheet
Senior Half Term Challenge mark sheet

Please put the names in the same order as their entries are in the pile and forward them to us by 10th March via the following address:

Half Term Challenge '17 Entries
Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
18 Blenheim Terrace

marking your envelope(s) "Half Term Challenge '17 Entries" or "Senior Half Term Challenge '17 Entries" as appropriate.

All of the prizes will be awarded at an evening of mathematical enrichment at the University of Leeds on 17th May.

The Origin of the Competition
We thank MEM (Mathematical Education on Merseyside) for providing the questions and the concept of the Challenge Competition.  More information can be found here