Challenge for children: welcoming primary school pupils

Year 5 children from local schools battled it out at QE in a morning of English and Mathematics games and puzzles.

The third annual QE Primary Challenge Day saw teams of four from each school enjoy a morning of activities, with each of these teams accompanied by a Year 7 boy for the entire morning.

Assistant Head of Mathematics Wendy Fung said the accent had been firmly on fun: “Our aim was to introduce the School to some local children and to enable them to compete in an enjoyable and stimulating setting.

""“Our Second Master, Colin Price, started proceedings, welcoming the primary school children, urging them not to worry about anything they found difficult and telling them to be proud of any points they scored in the various tasks. Most of all, he said, they should enjoy themselves.”

The competition rounds included interactive games, as well as challenges including a spelling competition, a poetry-writing challenge, number puzzles and logic problems. 

""“I am very grateful to the Year 7s for their help in ensuring that the Year 5s felt at home and for supporting their adopted teams enthusiastically,” said Miss Fung.

The Headmaster, Neil Enright, presented the winners with their certificates at the end of the event, congratulating all participants. The winners included:

  • ""St John’s C.E. Primary School (N20) for the limerick round
  • Foulds School in Barnet for the logic round
  • Martin Primary School in East Finchley for the spelling bee
  • St Andrew’s CE Primary School in Totteridge for the Crossnumber round.

The Primary Challenge Day’s overall winners were Martin Primary School.