Primary Maths Challenge for Years 5 & 6
The Primary Mathematics Challenge (PMC) is a fun and exciting mathematical challenge aimed at pupils aged 9 - 11 years old.
The PMC is not designed to be just another test in the school year. We are of the belief that the PMC encourages enthusiasm, boosts confidence in mathematics and shows the different way questions can be asked. We believe in the importance of problem solving as a means of helping pupils develop their reasoning skills.
Designed to make pupils think outside the box, PMC questions can create a great starting point and lead to discussions later in the year. We try to make sure the questions are not heavily reliant on formal mathematical knowledge, but can be solved by logical reasoning.
The PMC paper has 25 questions. 20 of these are multiple choice. The questions are graded; starting with easy ones and graduating to harder questions. The final five require an answer where no choices are given.
- 45 minutes to answer the questions
- the chance to take part in a national challenge
- 10 easy questions to start with
- certificates presented by the school
- high-scoring pupils will be invited to take part in the PMC Bonus Round
After the November results are collated and moderated, high scoring pupils are invited to take part in the Bonus Round. Whereas the November Challenge is an in-school challenge, the Bonus Round sees pupils competing on a worldwide level.
There is no extra charge for the pupils entering into the Bonus Round. Everything you need is sent directly to you in January. Pupils take the Challenge in school. There is one day in February allocated for this challenge and the OMR papers have to be sent back to us.
The Bonus Paper is set out in a similar format to the November challenge paper with 25 questions and 45 minutes to do them in. Pupils are required to complete an optical mark reader (OMR) form with their answers.
Pupils receive a lapel badge and a certificate. All other entrants received a certificate for taking part. Getting to the Bonus Round is a great achievement so pupils should never be disheartened if they did not receive a badge.
Below are some previous papers and answers for pupils to practice:
- PMC November 2012
- PMC November 2012 Answers and Notes
- PMC November 2013
- PMC November 2013 Answers and Notes
- PMC November 2014
- PMC November 2014 Answers and Notes
- PMC November 2015
- PMC November 2015 Answers and Notes
- PMC November 2017
- PMC November 2017 Answer and Notes
- PMC November 2018
- PMC November 2018 Answers and Notes
- PMC November 2020
- PMC November 2020 Answers Notes