Year 5/6 and 7/8 Quiz 2020 – running suggestions for in-school use
The Quiz is organised into five sessions as in earlier years – Session 1: Estimation; Session 2: Speed; Session 3: Written Problems; Session 4: Individual questions; Session 5: General Maths knowledge
All sessions are similar to previous years except for the ‘Speed’ Session. To make this easier to run in a school situation where there may be lots of teams and only one or two helpers, a sheet containing the questions will be given to each team member and they will have two minutes to answer as many of the questions as possible. At the end of the two minutes, the team will assemble their sheets with the captain’s sheet on top, and then take these to a marking location. For each team, the captain’s sheet will be marked first and totalled. For each question the captain gets wrong, or doesn’t complete, the two sheets from the rest of the team are considered. If there is a correct response to the captain’s unanswered or incorrect questions in the team sheets, the team will get an additional ½ mark (only one half-mark possible for each supplementary answer). The half-marks can be recorded on the Captain’s sheet, and the total recorded. The event is a team event because each team will need to work out a strategy to maximise marks for their own team, and team members are permitted to discuss/speak to each other during the two minutes – but they can only write the answers – nothing else
How long does the Quiz take?
This will depend on how the marking is done, and how many teams you are running. The time taken to actually ask the questions and have the students respond is about ½ hour. Organising, distributing materials, dealing with disputes or matters of judgment all take time – but the biggest time constraint comes from the marking. We suggest that teams write their answers on paper and hold them up at the end of each question. They then take the sheets to the marker who can quickly mark and record the scores. (If you only have one-three teams involved this would be quite quick and easy to organise). The marking can happen while the next question is being asked/answered, or in the case of the Speed Session and Written Problems Session, marking can take place during the following section of the Quiz. It might be a good idea to have a break after the Written Problems Session to allow the marker to catch up. For lots of teams, this may take a fair bit of paper, but the paper used could be quite small, or even recycled (the team member bringing up subsequent answers can take the marked papers back for re-use. So how long does the Quiz take? It would be possible to get it all done (though maybe with not everything marked) in a full hour. A more leisurely Quiz, with breaks, some discussion and perhaps a food/relaxation break after the Written Problems could take about an hour and a half. One suggestion is for schools to organise the Quiz in two sections across two class lessons on different days. Time available after the Quiz sections have been completed could be used for student to work on the questions to check methods and processes ….
Simplified marking and scoring
To enable the Quiz marking to be completed quickly and accurately, we think it would be a good idea if teams bring up their written answers at the end of each question (or at the end of the Speed and Problems Sessions) – the scorer can then mark and enter these into a grid set up for each session (columns would be the team names; rows would be the mark for each question, with a space for a total on each sheet). The grids can be totalled at the end of each session, and an overall total for each team quickly derived. As a check, each team should record their own scores as they go. They can use these ‘scores’ for bragging rites until the official marking which might occur after the Quiz is completed
Resources for running the Quiz
The Round 1 Quiz has been put together so that no special resources are required. You will receive an email letting you know what photocopying and other things might be required for the Quiz on the Monday of Quiz Week (27th July). In addition, you’ll need a computer (capable of running .pptx files) and data projector (or very large screen TV), lots of paper, spare pens/pencils, rulers, and a few calculators (students should be reminded o bring/organise their own equipment). We are not using protractors, compasses, and so on. You’ll need at least one helper, or possibly two for schools entering larger numbers of teams.
Practice Resources for the Quiz
There are currently two complete Quizzes on the QAMT website which can be downloaded and used with students as Practices. You will find that many of the questions in each Quiz will be suitable for all year levels (5 – 8) though younger kids may need more time on some of the questions intended to for the older students. Then again, they might not – you’ll be surprised at what your students can and can’t do. Over the next few days we’ll also add a further Quiz .pptx for people to use. The Quizzes can be found below.
Sending in marks – Qualifying for the Regional Rounds
To select teams for the Regional finals, we need to receive the marks scored by your top two teams. It would also be helpful if you could break down their scores into the score for each section/session of the Quiz. Since the Regionals will be held on an in-school basis this year, we can involve many more teams in this section of the Quiz than in previous years.
Marks must be sent in to us by Monday 3rd August (email preferred). If this does not work for you, please let us know when the marks will be available. To be considered for the Regional Round, schools will need to register their teams (use the link above …)
Registering Your Teams
Schools that have registered teams will receive further information on running the Quiz, the Quiz PowerPoint, Quiz files for printing, and, ‘official certificates’ for their students. It is only necessary for you to register one or two teams for your school although you can have as many teams as you want taking part from your own school – please ignore our website request for details on as many teams as you care to enter.