Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up
and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on
other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
You can make a calculator count for you by any number you choose.
You can count by ones to reach 24. You can count by twos to reach
24. What else can you count by to reach 24?
Find the squares that Froggie skips onto to get to the pumpkin
patch. She starts on 3 and finishes on 30, but she lands only on a
square that has a number 3 more than the square she skips from.
We received two particularly good solutions to this problem. The
first is from Helen and Daniela who go to Aldermaston C of E
Primary School. They drew this table to help answer the
They therefore concluded that:
There are $4$ children behind each chair.
Children $9, 15, 21, 27$ were standing behind chair $3$.
Here's the table they drew for only four chairs:
They comment that:
Seven children are behind $1$ and $2$. Six children are behind $3$
There can't be the same number behind each chair because $30$
doesn't go into $4$ but $30$ goes into $6$. (I think perhaps you
mean that $4$ doesn't go into $30$, but $6$ does.)
The second was from Joe and Richard at St. Nicolas CE Junior
School, Newbury who also drew a diagram to help them solve the
Joe and Richard say:
We started by drawing children round the circle like in our diagram
above. We answered the questions next.
1) Four people were standing behind each chair.
2) Behind number $3$, there were $9, 15, 21, 27$.
We made another drawing but with $4$ chairs and put the children
round the circle. In the end, we counted the children up. $1$ and
$2$ had $7$ children behind each and $3$ and $4$ had $6$ children.
Then we noticed that however many chairs there were, the numbers
went up by the highest numbered chair. We tested this solution by
using $2$ to $6$ chairs and it worked.
We also noticed that on the last chair, the numbers go up in its
table. We tested this on numbers of chairs from $2$ to $6$ and it
worked with every single one.
We noticed that because $6$ is a factor of $30$ and $4$ isn't,
$4$ didn't have the same number of children around each chair and
$6$ did. Then we noticed the only numbers of chairs that would have
an equal number of children behind each chair were factors of $30$,
which are $1, 2, 3 ,5, 6, 10, 15$ and $30$.
Helen and Pauline from Moorfield Junior School also drew a
chart. I think this was a useful strategy. Well done to everyone
who answered this correctly and gave good explanations.