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A Maths Club at Beacon School Amersham wrote:

First we worked out all the missing numbers for the red, blue and yellow children. This was easy because we were told how a number could be made from the number on the card before it in the same row.

Then we spotted that the children in
green shirts have a number which is the sum of the yellow and blue
shirts in the same row.

We then worked out the fifth row by
looking for a pattern. The red shirt numbers went up in ones, the
blue shirt numbers went up in ones, the yellow shirt numbers went
up in 2s and the green shirts went up in 3s.

Well done! They sent in a table to represent the children's numbers:

5 | 9 | 10 | 19 |

4 | 8 | 8 | 16 |

3 | 7 | 6 | 13 |

2 | 6 | 4 | 10 |

1 | 5 | 2 | 7 |

Fantastic solutions were also sent in by lots of pupils from Crosshall Junior School; Jun and Colin from the Canadian Academy; Karnan from Stag Lane Middle School; Richard and Jacob from St Thomas More's School and Ellie from West Bridgford Juniors.

Trang from Central Foundation Girls' School, used symbols to help her write out what she needed to do:

First, I wrote the short letter for the colours: Red: $r$ ;
Blue: $b$ ; Yellow: $y$; Green: $g$

Then I wrote out the fomula: $b = r + 4y
= 2r$

Therefore: For the 1st row I have: $y = 4
\times 2 = 8$;

2nd row: $r = 6 \div 2 = 3$; $b = 3 + 4 =
7$

3rd row: $r = 4 \div 2 = 2$

4th row: $r = 2\div2 = 1$

Looking at the first and the last rows, I
noticed that the blue and the yellow in the same rows added
together equal the green.

So green in the 2nd row $= 7 + 6 = 13$
and the 3rd row $= 4 + 6 = 10$

I also noticed that the numbers in the
red column are consecutive numbers ($1, 2, 3, 4$). It's also
similar to the blue column ($5, 6, 7, 8$) and the yellow column is
the multiples of $2$ ($2, 4, 6, 8$). So if there is one more
row - the red colour and the blue colour need to add $1$ for each
and the yellow need to times $2$ and the green is made by adding
the blue and yellow.