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.
If you are a teacher, click here for a version of the problem suitable for classroom use, together with supporting materials. Otherwise, read on ...
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies.
They shared them out evenly and had one left over.
Just as they had finished sharing them their friends Kishan, Hayley and Paul came along. They wanted some lollies too so the children shared them out again between all of them. This time they had two lollies left over.
How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Once you've had a chance to think about it, click below to see how three different groups of pupils began working on the task.
Sarah, Danielle and Sally said:
We also notice that $7$ works and $27$ works, as well as $107$."
Poppy began like this:
If the two children end up with one lolly it must be an odd number of lollies. Then three more children come making the total number of children $5$. Say they had $1$ lolly each when they shared them, the number of lollies would be $7$ because $1$ times $5$ is $5$ add on $2$ for the left over ones and it makes seven. If we carry this on to $10$ lollies each it shows:
Here is the start of Phoebe and Alice's work:
Can you take each of these starting ideas and develop it into a solution?