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BISS Puxi Hosts The FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge

12 March 2015

Last weekend the top primary mathematicians from across Asia’s British international schools came to BISS Puxi to compete in the two-day FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge. Andrew Foster, Primary Maths Coordinator ran the event and explains all the different challenges and tests the children had to complete.

  • The British International School Shanghai, Puxi hosted the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge
  • The British International School Shanghai, Puxi hosted the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge
  • The British International School Shanghai, Puxi hosted the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge
  • The British International School Shanghai, Puxi hosted the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge
  • The British International School Shanghai, Puxi hosted the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge
  • The British International School Shanghai, Puxi hosted the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge
  • The British International School Shanghai, Puxi hosted the FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge

Some images from the event

This competition was designed to stretch the very best mathematicians from the schools attending, most students being in Year 6, and there were a lot of challenges for them to compete in, including both individual and team challenges.

There were 124 children here in total with over 30 teams competing. BISS Puxi entered an A and B team. These mathematicians were selected as they have proven themselves over the year. Personal recommendations from teachers, as well as performance in lunch time and after school ECAs were taken into account in the selection process. 


On Friday the mathematicians took part in the Maths trail at Minhang Park, an ice breaker activity. All the children were mixed up into different teams, with only one child from each school per team. The competitors had to work out co-ordinates on a map and then once they had found their way to the co-ordinates, they had to answer questions specific to that location.

From our schools, Joshua Wang’s team came first and Emma Tang’s team came third.

In the afternoon things got a bit more serious with the individual events including a mental mathematics test, a written test – word problems, a logic paper and a spatial paper.

After the first day of maths there was a trip to the Bund with a boat cruise down the river, to give all the traveling teams a chance to see the spectacular Shanghai skyline.

On Saturday it was time for the Team Challenge. There were lots of sections to this challenge and the children had to really work together to complete them all.

  • First was a ‘Countdown’ round. Similar to the popular British game show, this is a game of mental maths and well done to our team that won this round!
  • Followed by a written paper.
  • The investigation round was next. The teams had to investigate step pyramids and present their findings on paper.
  • The logic round was next.
  • The Split relay saw teams split in half and the children had to run and get a question to answer with their partner as quickly as possible.
  • The final round was the construction round – building a wind powered vehicle. This was chosen because China was the first country to build one. In the year 500 AD, a famous Chinese philosopher constructed a carriage powered by the wind, which could carry 30 men and travel hundreds of kilometres every day!

The event ended with an award ceremony and a big celebration dinner in school.

Individual Results

Well done to Matthew Sigit from the British School of Jakarta who won the individual competition.

Our students performed brilliantly over the two days of competition and their results are below.

Gabriel Treneman, Year 5: 37th

Joshua Wang, Year 6: 38th

Seonaid Jervis, Year 5: 50th

Ralph Gawthorpe, Year 6: 61st

Emma Tang, Year 5: 62nd

Marcus O'Riordan, Year 6: 68th

Anneka Ho, Year 6: 75th

Jack Lee, Year 6: 76th

Team Results

The overall competition was won by Bangkok Patana and our BISS Puxi A team came 20th and our B team came 21st. Well done to them all!

Emma Tang from 5B said of the competition: “The FOBISIA Primary Maths Challenge was very challenging but I enjoyed it thoroughly. My favourite activity was the team construction round. We had to construct a wind powered land vehicle. Although building it took a lot of planning, construction and teamwork it was worth it in the end!”

Joshua Wang from Year 6 felt the pressure of the event: “This event was a challenge for me as there is a lot of pressure when competing against over 120 children!”

The FOBISIA Mathletics Challenge

Together with our Gold sponsor, Mathletics, we ran the FOBISIA Mathletics Challenge on the Thursday and Friday of the same week of the FOBISIA Maths challenge. This was an online competition using the Mathletics platform which was open to all FOBISIA schools, even if they were unable to come to the event, and also open to all children within these schools. This was the first time it was ever done and over 15,000 children registered which was a great success.

In the Key Stage 1 competition we came 18th out of 24 schools registered. In the Key Stage 2 competition we came 9th out of 30 schools and in the Key Stage 3 competition we were 11th out of the 12 schools that took part.

Thanks to everyone involved in the FOBISIA Maths Challenge and huge congratulations to the children who represented our school. You did a great job and gave a great impression of our school.

- Andrew Foster, Primary Maths Coordinator

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