First Steps for Problem Solvers (£15.00)Mary Teresa Fyfe and Andrew Jobbings


This book is a guide to pupils aged 11-13 who are attempting problems in competitions such as the Junior Mathematical Olympiad, which are administered by the UKMT and similar organisations.

Such problems provide much more of a challenge for able pupils than typical exercises from school textbooks do. Although the mathematical content of the problems ought to be familiar, it is often not obvious how to solve them. They may require using mathematical ideas in an unfamiliar context or combining techniques in a novel way.

This handbook discusses how to discover strategies for tackling unusual problems and offers advice on presenting clear and complete solutions.

Written with the pupil in mind, the book covers all of the section B questions set in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad papers over sixteen years of the competition. For ages 11-13.

Latest News

  • The JMC thresholds are as follows:

    Bronze            52
    Silver            63
    Gold              77
    Kangaroo          86
    Olympiad          107

    The questions and solutions can be downloaded.
    See the Junior Olympiad and Junior Kangaroo pages for info and practice materials.

  • IMOK17 Olympiad and Kangaroo 
    s are available now. Results were posted to schools by 12 May.

  • Congratulations to the 88 schools invited to participate at the Team Maths Challenge 2017 National Final in June.

Challenge dates

  1. Senior Challenge

    Tuesday 7 November 2017

    Closing date for entry

    Entries will be taken from July 2017

  2. Intermediate Challenge

    Thursday 1 February 2018

    Closing date for entry

    Entries will be taken from July 2017

  3. Junior Challenge

    Thursday 26 April 2018

    Closing date for entry (UK)

    Entries will be taken from July 2017

  • The downloadable UKMT resources on this website are copyright UKMT, but may be used by teachers/pupils for educational, non-profit purposes

About the Trust

The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils. We were established in 1996 and last academic year over 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools took part in the three individual challenges, the UK's biggest national maths competitions. Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round and we run mentoring schemes and summer schools for high performing students as well as training the team of six to represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad. We also run team maths competitions for two age ranges, publish books and organise enrichment seminars for teachers.

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