Brainteasing day for pupils
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.”