Posted: 10th March 2020

The Buckingham Prep Maths Quiz teams were in a positive and enthusiastic mood as they set off for the first heat of the Maths quiz at Barham Primary School, Wembley. Three teams of four boys took part – a team from Year 6, Year 5 and Year 4.

When we arrived at Barham, it became clear that no other school had entered any teams with members below Year 6. However, this didn’t deter our younger boys, and they were all determined to give it their best shot.

All three teams started well, scoring maximum points with the first few questions. As the questions became a harder, tactics came into play, with some teams splitting their answers in the hope of achieving at least some points even if they weren’t completely sure of the answer. As the quiz went on, gaps began to emerge between the scores of the 10 competing teams. Before long, our Year 6 boys were in first place alongside the top team from the host school. Our other two teams were also doing well and jostling for a top four position.

With ten questions left to answer, the Year 6 boys were in the lead and the tension was mounting in the hall. Barham School were displaying determination in trying to close the gap. A particularly tricky question arose, and Year 6 lost the lead. They tried to claw back the points over the remaining questions, but Barham made no further mistakes and finished 15 points ahead.

At the end of the quiz our boys had achieved very respectable 2nd and 4th places, with the possibility of the Year 6 boys getting into the next round as a wildcard. Fingers crossed they will have the highest runner-up score and make it to the semi-final.

The Year 4 boys deserve a special mention as they worked so well as a team, applied sensible tactics throughout the quiz, and did not allow themselves to be overwhelmed by competing against Year 6 pupils. Well done boys!

Quiz team members Year 4: Adam (c), Diyen, Trishan, Ishaan Reserve: Harshith Year 5: Anshul (c), Ubaydullah, Sushant, Sanjhay Reserve: Ace Year 6: Veer (c), Muhammad Abbas, Abinash, Mohammed

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