Friday, 3 March 2017

March Challenge - Years 1 & 2

Dan had 4 buckets.  He labelled each one with a number 1 through 4.  If he threw his bean bag into bucket 1, he got 1 point.  If he threw his bean bag into bucket 2, he got 2 points and so on.  Dan made a game of throwing 3 bean bags to see if he could get a high score.

Problem
a)     What is the highest score Dan could get with 3 bean bags?

For an extra challenge try these:
a)     Find three ways to score 6.
b)    Find three ways to score 9.
c)     What other totals could Dan get?

Solutions are to be completed by Tuesday 28th March.  Please post them into the Maths Challenge Box in the picture book library.

March Challenge - Years 3 & 4

Face painting!

The holiday season has just begun in Pegness and everyone is getting ready for a busy holiday.  Ingrid works as a children’s face painter during the summer and already has some customers at her stall on the pier, “Wow, customers already!  I’m normally a bit rusty after a break so I won’t be able to paint many face to start with.”  Ingrid is normally slow to start painting but each day of the season she gets quicker with more practice.  She also gets more customers each day.  On the first day she painted four children’s faces, on the second day she painted six faces and on the third she painted nine faces.  Yesterday, the fourth day of the season, she painted thirteen faces.  She just got quicker and quicker.  So quick in fact that people from all around stopped to watch her at work as she painted faces faster than a bee’s wings!  Pegness was a popular place and that was partly down to Ingrid herself and her amazing painting powers.

Problem:  If Ingrid keeps getting quicker, how many faces will she have painted by the eleventh day of the summer season.

Day
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Faces
painted












Hint: Use the chart to record the information from the story.  How many more faces does she paint on each day?  Can you see a pattern in how the numbers increase?

Solutions are to be completed by Tuesday 28th March.  Please post them into the Maths Challenge Box in the picture book library.

March Challenge - Years 5 & 6

The Big Apple Orchard in New York has some of the biggest apples in the world.  Most apples grown here weigh in at over 1 kg.  But this year there is a problem.  An army of Scarlet Hairy Caterpillars is back in town munching through hundreds of Big Apple’s apples.

When Alex goes apple picking he finds that one out of eight apples has a caterpillar drilling a hole to the core.  “I can’t sell any of these apples which the caterpillars have had a go at!”

Some pickers are afraid of the enormous caterpillars, but others aren’t so bothered.  Henry says, “Actually, they’re alright.  The hairs tickle on the way down but really they taste just like apples!”

Problem:  How many saleable apples are there out of a crop of 112?

Hint: A chart might help you get started (although you may be able to do with just a couple of clever calculations).

Saleable apples
Apples attacked
Total number of
apples picked
7
1
8





Solutions are to be completed by Tuesday 28th March.  Please post them into the Maths Challenge Box in the picture book library.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

February Challenge - Years 1 & 2

Jack and Adele were both feeling grumpy.  It was a very hot day and they were stuck inside the classroom practising some really hard spellings.  Suddenly Adele shouted, “Move your arm!  It’s on my side of the table!”
            “No, it’s not! That’s my side,” shouted Jack angrily.  “And anyway, your pencil case is on my side of the table!” he moaned, shoving it to the floor.
            “Now, now stop all this noise,” said their teacher.  “I’ve got an idea.  I will draw a line to divide your table in half.  Then you will each have exactly the same amount of space and there will be no more arguing!”

Can you divide the rectangular table so that the two children have exactly the same amount of space?  Find different ways to divide the table into equal parts.  You can draw your solution on a piece of A4 paper pretending that the paper is the table top.

Hint:  Try different ways of folding the paper to get two equal halves.  Perhaps cutting may also allow you to test if your two halves are equal by laying them on top of each other.

Solutions are to be completed by Tuesday 28th February.  Please post them into the Maths Challenge Box in the picture book library.


February Challenge - Years 3 & 4

A little bit of logical thinking needed for this one!

Each letter is worth a number of points. The points are added up to make the total for the word. Try to work out the number of points for each letter and then find the value of the last word.

TEE = 4   (so T + E + E = 4)

TEN = 6   (so T + E + N = 6)

NEST = 10   (so N + E + S + T = 10)

TENTS = ?   (How many points would TENTS be?)

Hint:  Start by finding the value of S.  What is the difference between TEN and NEST (both in total value and in letters)?

Solutions are to be completed by Tuesday 28th February.  Please post them into the Maths Challenge Box in the picture book library.


February Challenge - Years 5 & 6

Using the numbers given, complete the number sentences below.  You may only use each value once.

1   5   9   10   11   15   18   20


____ + ____ = 29

____ + ____ + ____= 38

____ + ____ + ____ = 22



Solutions are to be completed by Tuesday 28th February.  Please post them into the Maths Challenge Box in the picture book library.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

January Challenge - Years 1 & 2

Jane has a bag with 2 coins inside.  Both of the coins have the same value.  How much money could be inside her bag?

Hint:  Use real coins to find all the possibilities.

Solutions are to be completed by Tuesday 31st January.  Please post them into the Maths Challenge Box in the picture book library.