After a couple of trial rounds at school we sent two, four person teams across to Birkdale school for the area Science Quiz heat. Each team consisted of a mixture of Year 5 and 6 pupils and the aim was to progress to the National semi-finals.
The quiz consisted of 40 multiple choice questions of varying difficulty on general science knowledge, some being very tricky indeed and most not linked to the curriculum. The teams were given 30 seconds to discuss each question and then vote for their answer on a key pad. Tactics were important as questions were awarded one of 20, 40, 80 or 100 points for a team depending upon difficulty. Each member of the team needed to vote for which answer they felt was correct.
If the team decided that they would all vote for different answers then they could guarantee themselves a fraction of the available marks, however if they were sure of an answer then they could all vote for the same answer – this would mean they stood a chance of scoring full marks for the team. From the beginning both S. Anselm’s teams looked strong, confidently agreeing on answers and scoring heavily.
One of our teams took the lead early on and remained there for the rest of the quiz. We were very proud of all of the boys and girls (Katie S., Saul. R., Nicola S. and Angus L. in one team and Gavin G., Amelia E., Jamie M. and Libby C. in the other team) as they all performed brilliantly, so much so that the team of Gavin, Amelia, Jamie and Libby won the heat with the other team coming second. We are now through to the semi-finals where they will do battle once more.