Year 5 Maths Challenge and Year 6 English Challenge


The Cambridgeshire English and Maths Team have been running the Year 5 Maths Challenge and Year 6 English Challenge for many years and each year they are well-attended by teams of enthusiastic children from schools across the county. The competitions are for teams of four children, who work together to solve challenging questions from a range of topics. 

The English Challenge is for children in Year 6, who work collaboratively solving questions about books, famous characters, text types and basic skills. This competition takes place in the autumn term.

The Maths Challenge is for teams of four Year 5 children. The children work together to solve puzzling problems designed to test their knowledge and memory skills along the way. The competition takes place in the summer term. If you would like more information please email us at

Taking part in 2021

This year the challenges will take place online. More details will be published soon.

Schools are invited to book their place by visiting the Course Directory page. The English Challenge and Maths Challenge Heats can be found in the Schools Improvement Service section.

If you have any difficulties with booking your place, please email

Taking part in future years

In the future we look forward to being able to resume in-person events at schools.  If you would be interested in hosting a heat at your school, please read the 'Hosting a Heat' guidelines document - which you can download below.

If you are planning on entering a team, but are not the host school, you will need to approach taking a team to the competition in the same way that you would for attending any other extra-curricular event, following your school’s relevant policies and protocols.

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Contact Us

For more information or to contact the team, email