In 2020, At Nailsworth Primary, we have entered the Powerful Learners of Mathematics and Numeracy Challenge as coordinated by the south Australian Primary Maths Association. The students involved are part of an extra-curricular group, Maths Challenge. Their previous year’s teacher nominates the children as students who enjoy collaborating in real-world problem solving using maths, creative and critical thinking. An invitation is given, and the children choose to be part of the group.
There is an upper primary group, Years 5-7 and a middle primary group, Year 3 and 4.
The students meet, once a week for 90 minutes. In these sessions, they investigate a topic they are passionate about and apply mathematics to it. They then submit this investigation for state-wide judging.
In 2020 we had 12 students achieve Highly Commended Awards and as a group won State Winner, First Year Award.