Preston Park Primary

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 enthusiasmboosts 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 Layout

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.

Pupils get...

  • 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: