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Monthly Maths Challenge

Are you up for the challenge?

When solving a problem you could... draw a diagram or a table? Act it out or use concrete materials? Guess and check? Create an organised list? Look for a pattern?

1) All answer sheets must be given to Mr Cole.

2) Make sure you write your name/class clearly on your paper and show us how you have worked out the answer.  

3) All entrants will receive a fantastic reward. 


KS1 - May

The splitting plant grows in a special way. In the first week, the stem splits into two branches. In the second week, each of these two branches split into another two branches - making four branches altogether. This keeps happening every week, until at the end of the sixth week each branch grows a flower.

1) How many flowers will the plant have on the sixth week?

KS1 - June

Tracy started to watch TV at 4:15pm. She watched ITV for 1 hour and BBC for half an hour.  Then she switched it off. 1) What time did she switch it off?

KS1 - July

Joe, Richard and Sam collected marbles. Joe had 10, Richard had 5 and Sam had twice as many as Joe.

1) How many did Sam have?

2) How many do Richard and Joe have altogether?

3) Sam shares his marbles out between Joe and Richard.  How many do they get each?

KS1 - September

1) What is Mr Knights height? (estimate in cm)

2) How 30cm rulers would that be?

KS1 - October

Mr Cole has three cards 6, 2, and 5.

1) What is the largest number he can make with these cards?

Tell me more!!! How do you know this?

2) What is the smallest number he can make with these cards?

Tell me more!!! How do you know this? 

3) How many different numbers can you make with these cards?

Tell me more!!! Are any of these numbers even? 

KS1 - November

Mrs Wilson has 3 jars of bugs. 

  • There are 7 more bugs in the first jar
    than the second.

  • There are 3 less bugs in the third jar
    than the second.

  • There are 40 bugs in total.

How many bugs are in the first jar?

KS1 - December 'Christmas Challenge'

See if you can make your very own santa using different shapes (attached below). If you can't print it out then draw your own version.  

KS1 - January 2018

1) Find Mr Cole 

2) Say the secret code words 'I love maths challenges' 

KS1 - February/March 

1. Think of a challenging question.

2. Write it down and give it to Mr Cole. Tell him which teacher you would like to answer it.

Recieve a prize and a response from your selected teacher.

 


KS2 - May 

Ben is hoping to enter the long jump at his school sports day. One day I saw him manage quite a good jump. However, after practising several days a week he finds that he can jump half as far again as he did before. This last jump was 3.75 metres long.

1) How long was the first jump that I saw?

KS2 - June 

Two boys and two girls can play tennis.

Ali said: ‘I will only play if Holly plays.’

Holly said: ‘I won’t play if Ben is playing.’

Ben said: ‘I won’t play if Luke or Laura plays.’

Luke said: ‘I will only play if Zoe plays.’

Zoe said: ‘I don’t mind who I play with.’

1) Which two boys and which two girls play tennis?

KS2 - July 

Emma had some fireworks. Some made 3 stars. Some made 4 stars.

1) Altogether Emma’s fireworks made 19 stars. How many of them made 3 stars? Find two different answers.

2) What if Emma’s fireworks made 25 stars? Find two different answers.

KS2 - September

1) What is Mr Knights height? (estimate in cm)

2) How tall are you? (in cm)

3) What is the difference in height between you and Mr Knights? (in cm)

KS2 - October

Miss Wilmshurst is thinking of a number...

It is less than 50

It is a 2-digit number

3 is a factor of this number

The sum of its digits is one third of the number

What number is she thinking of?

Tell me more!!! How did you work it out? 

Extra Challenge: think of your own number riddle and see if Miss Wilmshurst can work it out!

KS2 - November

1. Here is a square.
Inside the square is an equilateral triangle.
The perimeter of the triangle is 54cm.
Find the perimeter of the square.

2. The perimeter of the rectangle is 33 metres.
Find the length of the rectangle.

KS2 - December 'Christmas Challenge'

Are you bored of watching TV or playing on the computer? Try our 'Christmas Relay' attached below (16 festive maths challenges). You could go against your friends or test your family!

KS2 - January 2018

1) Find Mr Cole 

2) Say the secret code words 'I love maths challenges' 

KS2 - February/March 

1. Think of a challenging question.

2. Write it down and give it to Mr Cole. Tell him which teacher you would like to answer it.

Recieve a prize and a response from your selected teacher.