Big Dog, Little Dog

Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?

4 Dom

Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.

Starfish Spotting

How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?

Amazing Alphabet Maze

Why do this problem?

This problem could be introduced as a transition between literacy and numeracy lessons. As well as providing practice with the order of the alphabet, this problem also involves maths by using pathways. It requires careful consideration because there appears to be several options from each cell. Again, a moment of reflection and observation helps children to avoid rushing at the task and literally going down the wrong path!

This sheet gives six copies of the maze.

Key questions

What is the next letter of the alphabet after that?
Can you see another copy of that letter that you could move to instead?

Possible extension

Learners could write a route to follow which says whether you should go up or down and to the left or right.

Possible support

Suggest writing out the alphabet in order before starting on the problem. This sheet gives six copies of the maze which can be used to work on.