Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each
vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal
face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Follow the journey taken by this bird and let us know for how long
and in what direction it must fly to return to its starting point.
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Show us how you could answer the questions using
- other ways?
It's Jola's birthday and she is having a party. She has $24$ cup cakes to share equally between $3$ plates for the party.How many cakes will go on each plate?
There are $8$ children coming to the party. They are all going to the cinema. How many cars will they need to take them there? Each car will hold $4$ children and they will each need a driver too.
Jola is going to give everyone some chocolate eggs to take home at the end of the party. They fit into egg boxes which hold $6$ eggs each. Will $50$ eggs be enough for each of the $8$ visitors to have a box to take home?
An article which explores different ways of thinking about division can be found here.
Whilst the children are working on each question, the teacher can observe just how they are considering it, and this may be somewhat different from the taught approach. Given the opportunity, children often have their own ways of working.
Talk to the children about how different people do things in different ways and explain that this actvity is all about that - it's important that the children don't presume that there is one way and one way only to see the calculation.
Working within a pair or small group and tackling one problem at a time can help children to focus more deeply on one task rather than racing through them. You could suggest that they think and talk about what they are going to do before they actually begin.
They may decide to enact with objects or make a picture and just record the answer. Or use these as a prompt to transfer the problem to a calculation which they would record horizontally. Whichever, your observations will allow you to reflect on the children's confidence, language and understanding and possibly what misconceptions they hold.
Ask the children to create their own division problems based on stories about sharing, grouping, 'undoing' multiplication or successive subtraction. Additional links to other division problems can be found in this article.