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Curriculum: Maths

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Termly Challenges

Welcome to our Challenge page for maths
Each term you will see 5 maths challenges that follow a problem-solving theme. The challenges are numbered, 1 being for younger children or an easier challenge to get going and 5 being a really tricky task to tax the most confident mathematician. When you complete a challenge send it Mrs Jacques who will post it on the website and the school Dojo page. Certificates will be handed out at the end of each term for those who successfully complete each task.
CURRENT: Spring Term 2 Spring Term 1 Autumn Term 2

Term 4 theme is: Working Backwards
The working backwards method may be a good approach to solving some of these complex problems. In this method, the first step is to start with the final number. The next step is to undo the problem step-by-step in chronological order. The end is when the beginning is determined.
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Number Lines
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Two
Number Rings
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Three
Doing and Undoing
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Four
Frogs
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Five
Andy's Marbles
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March 1st
E. in year 2 has had a go at maths challenges 1-3. She really enjoyed working out the answers, even though she found some challenging she was pleased when she worked out the right answer.
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Term 3 theme is: Visualising
When students can visualise, or picture a math problem or scenario in their minds, they are often better able to understand what steps they need to take to solve a problem. Visualisation can be helpful at all levels of math, and learning to do it early will equip students well for future success.
Visualising Instructions

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Cover the Camel
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Two
Overlaps
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Three
Hundred Square
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Four
Puzzling Cube
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Five
Eight Hidden Squares
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Feb 8th:
Here are the last few children that have completed the maths challenges this term. Thank you to all the children who took the time to have a go at these challenges. They are not easy!
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Feb 7th:
Megan had a go at all five challenges! I’m so pleased that you found these challenges interesting and a break from ‘normal’ maths. These challenges really do make you think in a more creative way
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Noah and Theo had to go at some of the maths challenges. They discovered the importance of looking for patterns whilst completing their challenges.
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Congratulations to Connie, who completed all five maths challenges! I love how creative you were.
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Jan 24th:
Great work Kacper, 3 maths challenges completed
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Jan 22nd:

Chloe and Sophie really enjoyed completing the maths challenges this week, silver awards coming your way at the end of term 

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Term 2 theme is: Trial and Error
In Maths, learners can use trial and error to solve problems. This means that learners think critically about the information they have been given and make educated guesses about what the answer might be. They substitute this guess into the problem (which is the trial part) to see if it is the correct missing piece.

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Five Steps to 50
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Two
One Big Triangle
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Three
Heads and Feet
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Four
The Tall Tower
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Five
Four-digit Targets
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Nov 10th: A completed another maths challenge this week.
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Nov 8th: S completed two maths challenges; they were really challenging but she kept going.
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Nov 8th: K had many attempts but was always left with 1 triangle which didn't fit, finally worked it out when attempting with mummy.
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Nov 8th: R (year 3) completed the triangle challenge.
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Nov 7th: Here’s our first maths challenge champion! L in year 5 completed all 5 challenges!
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Nov 7th: Here’s another maths challenge champion! M in year 6 completed challenge 5! It’s a tricky one.
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Nov 7th: A and Y worked together to complete maths challenge 2 - teamwork makes the dream work.
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Nov 7th: J in year 4 completed 3 maths challenges this weekend! What a great job.
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