PUPILS from schools in and around Chippenham put their problem-solving skills to the test last week as they came together for the annual Chippenham Maths Challenge.

Ten schools joined forces to tackle the challenge on Wednesday, July 5, which was held at Sheldon School for the third year, in a bid to get to the root of the problems and boost their confidence in their maths skills.

Barbara Perrett, Key Stage 3 Maths coordinator at Sheldon School, said: “It went really well and it was really close in the end with about two or three points separating the top three.

“The challenge gives the children confidence to take park and talk about what they are trying to do which is really important as maths is all about problem solving now rather than straight forward calculations.

“Everyone really enjoyed it but the year 7 pupils were also able to see their old primary school teachers and help out some of the younger participants.”