London Times Tables Rock Wrangle

The mother of all times-tables-offs was held on 26th June 2015, to coincide with the first day of the Glastonbury Festival. 148 year 7 and 8 pupils from 37 schools around London competed in a series of heats and head-to-head finals to win the grand VIP prize of a helicopter flight over London that afternoon!

The winner, who achieved the permanent status of Supreme Ultimate Rock Hero for Eternity, was Mohamed from Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.

The event, dubbed Glastonberg on account of Bloomberg's free hosting at their London headquarters, also comprised a mini-maths festival (Mathstock) and an Air Guitar Competition, which was won by Saad from Villiers High School.

Congratulations to all who took part...look out for articles in the TES and the Metro next week!

Teams of 4 in year 7 & 8. Any mix of boys and girls.
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Winner (plus their team & teacher) get whisked down to Battersea heliport for a flight over London that afternoon.
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A mini-festival including an air guitar competition, rock photos and maths problems.

Schools taking part

  • Alec Reed Academy
  • Bexleyheath Academy
  • Bolingbroke Academy
  • Broomwood Hall School
  • Cleeve Park
  • Cranford Community College
  • East London Science School
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
  • Hackney New School
  • Haggerston School
  • Harris Academy Battersea
  • Harris Academy Beckenham
  • Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
  • Harris Boys' Academy
  • Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
  • Heartlands High School
  • Heston Community School
  • Highbury Grove School
  • Michaela Community School
  • NMBEC
  • Nower Hill High School
  • Oasis Academy Coulsdon
  • Oasis Academy Hadley
  • Oasis Academy Silvertown
  • Oasis Academy South Bank
  • Paddington Academy
  • Pimlico Academy
  • Reach Academy Feltham
  • Regent High School
  • Roding Valley High School
  • Seven Kings High School
  • Skinners' Academy
  • Slough and Eton
  • St Augustine's CE High School
  • The Forest Academy
  • Trinity School
  • Villiers High School

Order of events

Important message about arrival and departure times - Please do not arrive later than 10.15am as there are security and competitor registration procedures to follow. Feel free to arrive from 9.45am.
We will aim for everyone to have left by 2.15pm so that you can get back to school in good time. The winner, their team and their teacher, however, will be driven to Battersea for the helicopter flight from where they will be ready to return home (by public transport - sorry guys) by 3.45pm.

Rules

  • Competitors must be in year 7 or in year 8 and come from schools that subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars.
  • The winner is the competitor who correctly answers the most questions in the Grand Final. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the one that has incorrectly answered the fewest questions and if there is still a tie, we will repeat the Grand Final.

Resources

FAQs

  • How many teams are entering?
    There is a limit of 40 schools, each sending one team of 4 year 7s and/or 8s.
  • Why London?
    Given the nature of the grand prize (i.e. a helicopter ride taking place that afternoon), it's easier for the winning school to change their travel plans if they're travelling back to somewhere in London. We also wanted to test the model of running a region-focused competition with a view, if successful, to run the same in other regions and even a national competition next year.
  • We're not a TT Rock Star school, can we still enter a team?
    The competition is only open to TTRS subscribers (one of the perks of a subscription) but you can register here.
  • Why don't you require an equal gender balance in the teams?
    We very much believe girls and boys should be encouraged to pursue maths and an equal gender balance would, in some way, support that. However, some of the schools entering are either boys-only or girls-only so it's fairer to have one rule for all - bring the competitors that have earned it!
  • Can we field more than one team?
    Just one team per school please.
  • What are the prizes?
    Well, by now you know about the helicopter flight! (The helicopter has space for the 4 students, their teacher, our videographer, oh, and the pilot.) There are also medals, pinbadges, wristbands and an Air Guitar trophy to be won!
  • Will this be in the press?
    Yes, both the Metro and TES will be running "pre-event" and event stories and there may be some television coverage.
  • Can I bring pupils in primary school?
    For the time being the Rock Wrangle is open to year 7s and 8s but if that changes we'll let our community know.
  • What is Bloomberg?
    Bloomberg is a financial software, data and media company. In short they provide information and news to people working in banks and financial businesses to help them make investment decisions. Depending on their role in the organisation, Bloomberg employees will be using high-level maths on a daily basis.
    Bloomberg is also a supporter of the Shine charity’s Let Teachers Shine Award and, in doing so, have already contributed to the tournament mode on ttrockstars.com developed specifically for this event, in addition to hosting the competition at their offices.
  • Can parents come and watch?
    Yes, absolutely. For security reasons, they cannot turn up unannounced; their names will have to be provided in advance.
  • What is the format of the competition?
    The competition consists of qualifying heats followed by a Quarter Final, a Semi Final and a Grand Final. The qualifiers are multiplication-only 60 second rounds beginning with just the 2s, then the 3s and so on up to the 12s.
    The top 16 qualifiers will proceed to the Quarter Finals, where they will be split into 2 random groups of 8. Each group has a head-to-head 60 second round, facing identical questions up to 12x12, including division. The top 4 from each group proceed to the Semi Final, where the same happens - they are split into 2 random groups of 4.
    As with the Quarter Final, the Semi Final is a 60 second head-to-head for each group. The fastest three will proceed to the Grand Final.
    The Grand Final is a 3 minute head-to-head and the winner is the one who has correctly answered the most questions. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the one that has incorrectly answered the fewest questions and if there is still a tie, we will repeat the 3 minute battle!
  • What do I need to do to enter a team?
    Complete the form on the right hand side...quickly! There aren't that many spaces left!
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