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Whalley girl Emily’s a maths whizz

Oakhill College Year Five pupil Emily Watson (10) who has been awarded a silver certificate from the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge. (s)

Oakhill College Year Five pupil Emily Watson (10) who has been awarded a silver certificate from the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge. (s)

A 10-year-old junior school pupil has gained a silver award from a mathematical challenge aimed at secondary school pupils.

Emily Watson, of Calderstones Park, Whalley, is a Year Five pupil at Oakhill College also in Whalley.

She received a silver certificate from the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge (JMC) which is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and is aimed at secondary school pupils in Year Seven and Eight in England and Wales.

The UK JMC started as a national challenge first run in 1988. In recent years, more than 250,000 pupils have taken part from around 3,700 schools and certificates are awarded to the highest scoring 40 % of candidates.

Proud mum Patricia McNulty, a qualified teacher who runs private tuition business Ribble Valley Tuition, said Emily’s award was “a massive achievement for a 10 year old who is only in Year Five at junior school”.

The JMC encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems that are designed to make students think.

There are intermediate and senior versions for older pupils with the challenges administered from the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds.

 

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