Primary Mathematics Challenge

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PMC Newsfeed February 2014

In November 2013 77 000 pupils took part in the first round of the PMC. It turned out to be a harder paper than we have had for a few years. Nevertheless 520 pupils from 253 schools were invited to sit the Bonus Round paper which took place on 5th February this year.

We were pleased with the results of the Bonus Round, to which 520 pupils were invited on the basis of their marks in the November paper. 14 pupils scored full marks on the Bonus Round and 25 achieved 24/25 marks, so there are 39 Gold Medal winners. There are 76 Silver Medal winners and 143 Bronze Medal winners. Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Bonus Round, and especially to the medal winners. Congratulations to the teachers too, for enabling the children to achieve so well.
Teachers told us that they liked the paper and many teachers use it, after the allocated date, to challenge their high achieving pupils.

Pupils' Comments:

  • It really tested your limits.
  • How could you do this to us?
  • Fun because the questions were different.
  • Mind boggling questions.
  • Your brain has to do lots of different things.
  • I felt really proud I was taking part in the challenge.

Teachers' Comments:

  • A good range of questions... different areas of maths and contexts.
  • Super as always; a real challenge, but fun.
  • A great paper.
  • Tough. But my top maths set enjoyed the challenge of thinking outside the box.
  • Pupils loved the quirky plays on words used for the names in the paper.
  • A good paper... something for everyone, though we found it more demanding than recent years.
  • Provided an excellent challenge for our most able mathematicians.

Schools all over the UK have been presenting certificates to their pupils in assemblies, recognising and valuing the achievements of their pupils. If your school has a medal winner, why not contact your local press and ask them to include an article on your medal winner. If you contact the MA office we'll help by supplying a press release pro-forma for you.
Thanks to all who returned their feedback forms. We use these to inform our practice and to make changes where appropriate. Thanks also for the problems suggested for future PMC. These will be considered by the PMC Problems Team.

We are getting ourselves geared up for the next round. Put a date in your diary to remind you to order your packs in September. Orders placed before October 6th qualify for the Early Bird discount.

The next round of PMC will take place in the week beginning November 17th 2014.

PMC Bonus Round

The pupils who score high marks in the November 2014 PMC will be invited to take part in the bonus round. Invitations will be posted out on the 12th January 2015. The bonus round paper must be taken on Wednesday 4th February 2015.

The Bonus round is OMR marked. Please make sure the OMR sheet is completed in pencil and return it with the feedback sheet. Completed answer sheets should not be returned to the MA office.

Contacting MA office

PMC policy is that any contact regarding PMC is made through the schools. We are happy to respond to queries from teachers regarding the Challenge. Increasingly we are receiving queries from parents about their children's performance in PMC. We refer these back to the schools and would ask that you make clear to parents that any queries should be channeled through the school.

On-line registration and results

This year, many schools were able to successfully register and return their results on-line.

What is the PMC?

The PMC is a test with multiple-choice problems which interest pupils and are mathematical. It is aimed at the top 60% of pupils in Years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland, and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland.

What do your pupils get?

  • the chance to take part in a national challenge
  • 10 easy questions to start with
  • all pupils should achieve a reasonable score
  • certificates presented by the school
  • high-scoring pupils will be invited to take the PMC Bonus Round in February 2014

What do the teachers get?

Each pack of 10 PMC papers also contains:

  • 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze certificates
  • 1 photocopiable Took the Challenge certificate
  • mark scheme

Also provided are full instructions, solutions and follow-up ideas for the classroom, feedback sheet, and an opportunity to raise the profile of maths in your school.

Cost per pack: £9.00 + VAT (schools can reclaim the VAT costs).
All packs will be posted out using the Royal Mail tracking system. The cost for this (£1.10 + VAT) must be added to each order.

Overseas Orders

To ensure orders reach schools abroad on time, it has been decided that they must be sent airmail. Please select one of the rates to add to your order to cover the airmail postage. (You can order more than 11 packs; the airmail cost will be emailed to you.)

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For International Signed for option add £4.95 to the postage cost.

12 Packs or more, please contact the PMC Office for prices.

Pupils love their PMC medals

You can order PMC medals for your pupils who got high marks in the November PMC. This attractive medallion, cast especially for the PMC is provided with a yellow MA ribbon, looks good when presented in assembly! The medallion has no date, so can be kept for future years; the back has space for engraving if wanted.

order 1 - 5 medals ......................... £3.50 each
order 6 - 10 medals ....................... £3.25 each
order 11 and over medals ............ £3.00 each
Handling charge for all orders ..... £1.50

Please phone the MA office for further details or print out the order form.


past PMCs

PMC live online






Team Members

Team Members

These are the people who work on the PMC. They are all volunteers who enjoy setting problems which are intended to motivate and 'stretch' young people!



PMC Book

PMC Book

The book contains all the PMC problems from November 2002 to February 2006 arranged in four levels of difficulty.





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Primary Mathematics Challenge