Category Archives: Maths

Mr Smith’s Birthday

It was Mr Smith’s birthday yesterday (24th of February)

Here is some information about his present. It was very egg citing.

Mr Smith has 3 children. Amy, Rob and Wendy. Each of his children brought him 2 chickens. Each chicken is about 16 weeks old.

1. How old are the chickens in months?

2.  One of the breeds of chicken is called Beechwood Blue. It is supposed to lay 200-240 eggs a year. How many eggs can Mr Smith expect this chicken to lay each month.

3. Roughly, how many eggs can Mr Smith expect to have a year in total.

…think of your own chicken question linked to Maths (remember 6 = half a dozen)

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Snowy Maths

It has been an incredibly snowy time in Telford.

Here are some Maths puzzles based on the snow.

1. If 5mm of snow falls per hour and it snows continuously for 5 hours. How deep is the snow in cms.
2. If 4 inches of snow fall during the night ROUGHLY how many centimetres is this.
3. It normally takes Mr Jones 30 minutes to get out of his house, in to his car and to school. Due to the snow it takes 50% longer. How much extra time does this add to his journey time for a whole school week (IF it snows every day during this school week)

Design your own snow based question to add to the COMMENTS section of the blog.

Good luck

Best Wishes

Mr Smith

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Christmas word problems

Here are 2 word problems for you to try.

Mr Jones needs to decorate a Christmas tree in the school hall. He asks four teachers to go to four shops each. He asks them to buy four attractive decorations in each shop. How many decorations does Mr Jones have for the tree?

Miss Bugler is very excited because it is Christmas soon. She has 24 presents to give out to people. A quarter of them are for her family, 1/6 are for her neighbours and the rest are for her friends. How many presents has she bought for her friends?

We would like you to be creative and design your own word problem to add to the blog.

Happy Christmas to all our Blog readers.

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Fruit Fun

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If a shape is 3 dimensional like a cube, sphere, cuboid or pyramid then it is possible to calculate the VOLUME of this shape.

Calculate the volume of these 3 cuboids

1. Length 4cm, Widths 3cm and height 2cm
2. Length 5cm, Width 4cm and Height 5cm
3. Length 10cm, Width 10cm and Height 5cm

If a juice box has a volume of 1000cm cubed it means it holds 1000ml or 1 litre

Copy and paste this link and find out about volume in the dictionary

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A juicy problem

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In Maths brackets are really useful because they help you to explain what order you want things to take place.

For example:


because 4+4 is in brackets you do this operation first

so 4+4=8
THEN you multiply the answer by 4

(4+4)x4= 32
Good luck

Add comments with some examples on.

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Four 4s

Write down the number 4, four times.
Put operation symbols between them so that you have a calculation.
So you might think of writing 4×4×4−4=60

BUT use operations so that the answer is 12

Now, can you redo this so that you get 15, 16 and 17 for your answers?

Add your solution to the comments section of this blog post

Need more of a challenge? Try getting answers all the way from 0 through to 10.

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Trip to Barmouth

See if you can solve this Maths problem

Link to Mr Smith’s video

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A Strange Planet

On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs.

The great planetary explorer Nico, who first discovered the planet, saw a crowd of Zios and Zepts. He managed to see that there was more than one of each kind of creature before they saw him. Suddenly they all rolled over onto their backs and put their legs in the air.

He counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?

Do you think there are any different answers?

From the Nrich website

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