Cracking the Maths Code Challenge

Children and parents at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs became super sleuths to crack a series of crazy puzzles in the Maths Code Challenge

They faced a puzzling scenario that needed a variety of Maths skills to unravel.

Deputy Head Teacher Dave Walker had forgotten his four-digit code to a padlock that unlocks a chest containing important possessions he urgently needed in time for the Upton ‘colour run’ event.

Being an ex-code breaker, Mr Walker ensured he had a fail-safe set of puzzles that, when solved, would reveal the four digits needed to unlock the chest.

Parents of Year 3, 4 and 5 children worked to solve five puzzles in order to obtain the answers – these included simple code breaking using a key, some addition, Algebra, and plotting coordinates to make shapes.

Inside the chest was a variety of silly items, such as huge goggles, a magic whistle and a king’s crown (for Mr Walker).

Hayden Stevens, Upton’s Maths Lead, said:

“The overall purpose of the event was to demonstrate how Maths can be fun.

At Upton, the subject is rooted in problem solving, where children can apply the Maths they are learning on a day to day basis.

The secondary purpose was to explore how everyone can be learning through the same task, and about the additional challenges that can keep even the brightest and fastest mathematicians fully engaged.”


Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Free School.


Thank you, Upton Junior School for sending us your press release and for working together to crack the code so that the colour run could take place! It must be lovely to spend time with your family members whilst at school, does it make you feel very proud to share the work you are doing with them? We’re sure it does!