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Using Our Maths A

Following Units 1-6

These activities bring together the different mathematical skills that your child should now know. By combining these skills in puzzles and activities your child will need to reason and think of solutions, as well as complete calculations. This will help your child to really understand the skills they are learning.

Talk through each group of questions and ask your child how they are going to solve the challenges.

It’s good to get stuck sometimes! When this happens discuss the challenge in the following order:

  • What do we need to find out to solve the challenge?
  • What do we know by looking at the question?
  • Want could we do first?
  • How would that help us?

Is there anything else we could do?


Activity: How many cards?

Either use playing cards with the numbers 1-8, or write the numbers on card or paper.
Jo has taken 4 of the cards that add up to a total of 20. Which cards has he taken? There are 7 possibilities, can you find them all?
Explain how you worked out the answer.

Answer: Using Our Maths A Answers (PDF)

Activity: Problem solving

You have a box with 57 sweets. You give 23 to Minesh and 14 to Jagdeep, how many do you have left? If you want to share the remainder equally between yourself and Abdul, how many will you each have?

I have 1 x 50 pence coin, 5 x 10 pence coins, 2 x 20 pence coins. If I buy sweets costing 90 pence how could I pay? How many ways can you find? How could I pay with the least number of coins? What is the most expensive item
I could buy?
You are in the supermarket buying apples. You have been asked to buy enough for your family who are coming to stay. You are a family of four, and your cousin has two parents, a brother and two sisters. Your grandma and grandad are coming too. How many apples do you need? The apples come in bags of 7, how many bags do you need to buy?

Answer: Using Our Maths A Answers (PDF)