Brain­teas­ing day for pupils

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By NICK REINIS

MORE than 100 prob­lem solv­ing pupils en­joyed an ex­cit­ing day of puz­zles.

The young­sters took part in the day-long ses­sion at Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy, in Or­ton Gold­hay, as part of a scheme run by the Happy Puz­zle Com­pany.

As well as pupils from the host school, the event in­volved young­sters from Bray­brook Pri­mary School, Mat­ley Pri­mary School, St Au­gus­tine’s Ju­nior School and Or­ton Wis­tow Pri­mary School.

The 150 pupils were split into groups of five as they par­tic­i­pated in three ses­sions through­out the day in the school’s gym­na­sium.

Maths teacher at Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy Francesca Lyon said: “It was bril­liant to see that all in­volved en­joyed them­selves.

“Also, it’s very im­por­tant to note that both our pupils and the pri­mary school chil­dren gained much in terms of prob­lem solv­ing and also teamwork skills.”

Pupil So­phie Ather­ton (14) said: “Tak­ing part in this type of project was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me and I en­joyed work­ing with the other mem­bers of our group.

“As the ses­sion pro­gressed, the chal­lenges got more dif­fi­cult but work­ing to­gether we man­aged to find the so­lu­tions to all of them.

“It has helped me re­alise that some­times it’s the sim­ple and less com­plex ideas that might be the so­lu­tion to the chal­lenge.”

Fel­low pupil Har­ley Feltham (13) added: “I en­joyed all that we did as it was some­thing very dif­fer­ent and a real chal­lenge.

“As a team, we all worked very well to­gether and were al­ways pre­pared to help and sup­port each other

“We shared our ideas and ev­ery­thing that we achieved was the re­sult of our team ef­fort.”

Lind­say Ewing, of the Happy Puz­zle’s Com­pany, said: “Ev­ery­one was so en­thu­si­as­tic and the pupils’ teamwork skills were out­stand­ing.

“Our project re­quired the pupils to face dead­lines, work in teams and solve prob­lems – and all of these are very im­por­tant per­sonal and so­cial skills.

“The young peo­ple clearly en­joyed them­selves and were to­tally fo­cused on all the puz­zles and chal­lenges that they faced.”

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