What Is the National Young Mathematicians' Award?

Age 7 to 11
Article by Liz Woodham

Published April 2015.


NRICH has worked with Explore Learning since 2010 to hold the National Young Mathematicians' Award.  Each year, teams of four primary children from schools across the UK take part in local events then five teams are chosen to come to NRICH headquarters in Cambridge for the final.

In 2017, the five finalists were:

Holy Trinity Church of England School, Sheen
Ladbrooke Junior School, Barnet
St Peter's Church of England School, Colchester
Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School, Bristol
St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Swindon

And the winners were ... Ladbrooke Junior School! 

At each stage of the competition, teams work on an NRICH task and are judged on two things: how well they use their problem-solving skills to think like mathematicians and how well they work as a team.

The tasks are particularly challenging and are likely to seem quite different to the sorts of maths activities you might see at most schools. 

Our National Young Mathematicians' Award Feature brings together some of the NYMA activities so why not have a go?  You could even ask your teacher to enter a team from your school this year!  If you are a teacher reading this, please take a look at our teacher feature Using National Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills.

Here is a complete list of all the tasks that have been developed for the NYMA:

2010 - Button-up, Button-up Some More, Curious Number and Inky Cube
2011 - Walking the Squares, So It's Times, It's Times Again and Building with Rods
2012 - Make Those Bracelets, Snake Coils and Dice in a Corner
2013 - The Dice TrainRibbon Squares and Cover the Tray
2014 - Six Ten TotalDisplay Boards and Six Numbered Cubes
2015 - Centred Squares, Dice Stairs and Open Boxes
2016 - Dart Target, Open Squares and Painting Possibilities
2017 - Making PathwaysDiagonal Spiral and Jigsaw Pieces