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We had a good many responses to this
question that showed a great variety.
We had Ajit from Visakha Valley School in
South East India remarking that;
1. If the child is a boy then he jumps in the playground with joy.
He thinks what will he receive as a prize.
2. If the child is a girl then she runs around the playground
shaking hands in the air like a fan.
We had Freddy from Bansted Junior School (UK)
who said that it would be a child who finished his work
Other responses took into consideration their
own school special circumstances. So for example, James from
Loughview School in Belfast (Northern Ireland), wrote;
The answer depends on the day of the week because each day a
different group gets sent out first. It also depends on whether the
other class comes out before our class.
Also considering their school was Aaron from
St. Munchins in the Republic of Ireland who wrote;
I think it is Calvin because he is sitting next to the door.
The fifth class teacher always lets her class out on time.
I also think it is a boy in fifth class because they are the first
class upstairs so they have a better chance of getting out first
before any other class in the school.
The majority of the class has dark hair so it is most likely to be
a boy with dark hair.
I think it is a boy because we are excluding girls because it is
an all boys school.
Henry from Moulsford on Thames in England
thought about his school situation and said;
I think it might be a boy in 3c because they finish early and race
off. It could be Toby because he always likes to be first. The
first boy in the playground won't have had his drink and
Ben and Niall from Pownall Hall School in
England gave it some hard thinking and said;
We thought of lots of ideas about who would be in the playground
We wrote them on pieces of paper and then we put the ideas in order
with the most likely one first.
Here are our ideas:
1 It may be a person with the nearest classroom.
2 It may be someone energetic.
3 It may be someone who is a quick worker.
4 It could be someone who knows when breaktime is.
5 It could be someone who wants to start playing.
6 It could be someone really quick.
Well done to all of you who sent in your
suggestions, I am sorry there is not room for them all. They all
showed good thinking around this question that required no
arithmetic skills. Please do keep trying the challenges and sending
in your responses.