Year 10 Maths Feast

An exciting competition for students in year 10 testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.

The competition is organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and is free to schools/colleges registered with the FMSP. Schools can register with the FMSP at any time by going to Registration.

The students said:

"The best round was relay, I enjoyed the pace and structure of it!"

"Four in a row was fun and fast paced. Had to work together and rely on teammates"

"All the rounds were enjoyable and challenging"

The Year 10 Maths Feast is an enjoyable and challenging team competition testing mathematical, team-working and communication skills. Each year the format of the competition changes slightly so that the rounds remain interesting and exciting.

Information about the Feasts

There are no heats or finals so participants can take the materials back to their schools and use them for other students in their classes to enrich and extend their learning. Perhaps the best way of using these materials is to ask participating students to run the rounds with their classes!

Each team consists of four students in Year 10 working together on a set of problems. They must be accompanied by a member of staff, whose role is to supervise a team from a different school and mark rounds with the answers provided.

There are several rounds requiring different skills and strategies for success.

  • Each event lasts approximately 2-3 hours. This may vary slightly between venues
  • Students are encouraged to work as a team or in pairs and only occasionally as individuals
  • Questions include both recreational mathematics and some of a more traditional nature
  • Calculators and equipment such as rulers and protractors are not permitted
  • Awards will be given for best teamwork and the winning team of each round.
  • We have designed the Maths Feast to support students in developing their problem solving skills. For this reason we are not giving details of the rounds in this Feast although practice materials are available to schools to use if they wish.

    The most important skills we want students to demonstrate in the Feast are those of team work, communication, reacting positively to a new situation and applying previous knowledge to solve problems - Good luck and Bon Appetit!

    The Maths Feast for 2017 has finished. We will be running the competition again in 2018 and applications to take part will open in the Autumn.

    In the meantime...

    Run your own 'Summer Snacks' in your school!

    Use the 2017 materials to enrich your students by running your own competition! The Maths Feast is designed for teams of 4 students – but you could adapt this for your own classes. This is a great way to share the enrichment across many students! Why not get sixth formers to act as the team markers? This is a great opportunity for your 11-16 students to find out about studying maths after GCSE and for the sixth formers to gain useful experiences to include in UCAS references.

    The Summer Snacks Competition

    We had 5 fun rounds this year and you can choose to run all of them altogether or to hold the competition over several days during lessons to find your overall school champions. This is also great preparation for Year 9 students to get them ready to take part in the inter-school competition next year!

    We can provide you with materials (subject to availability) to run the event in your own school and, if you are a state school who is going to be working with 40 or more students, we may also be able to provide a representative from the FMSP to run the event on an agreed date (subject to local capacity).

    This is a FREE offer – we ask only that you complete the Feedback Form afterwards to tell us how we can make next year’s Maths Feast even better!

    How to apply

    To take advantage of this offer, please complete this googleform. If you want to run it on your own, be reassured that the instructions are clear and complete and we will send you materials as soon as we can. If you want to have some support from one of our representatives, we will get in contact with you to arrange a mutually agreeable date.

    For general enquiries please email [email protected].

    or call 01225 716492

    or write to:

    Year 10 Maths Feast
    MEI Office
    Monckton House
    Epsom Centre
    White Horse Business Park
    BA14 0XG

    For past competition material please visit Year 10 past materials