## Maths Puzzle: Well it is Christmas!

Looking at my stats I can see that everyone is very busy with shopping, eating, drinking etc so will join you all and have a week off. I will leave you with a little puzzle in case you have nothing better to do!

Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in the bottom layer of baubles on the Christmas tree. The next layer is made by adding the pairs of numbers below and so on up to the top. Continue reading “Maths Puzzle: Well it is Christmas!”

## Maths puzzles: Wordsnake data handling

Maths puzzles: Wordsnake more data

Not only is this a hard type of maths puzzle to complete, the words themselves are quite tricky.

Remember in a word snake start at the arrow and track letters which are next to the previous letter (not diagonally).This means that you can follow quite a tricky path through the grid. Each letter of the grid is only used once.

The first mathematical word is given to you and it starts at the bottom left and snakes its way up the grid.

The second word begins with m and is next to the e of average. You are not given any clues for the last four words which makes it very difficult – you may need to peep at the answer to see what the words are and then track them.

Maths puzzles: Wordsnake more data

## Maths puzzles: Word search fractions

Maths puzzles: Word search fractions

Back to a straightforward word search today, suitable for year 5 children as there is some quite tricky vocabulary in this.

The format of this is more in line with traditional word searches. You are given all the words and they can be found in the grid, either across, down or diagonally.

Whilst doing this discuss the meanings of the words, especially numerator, denominator and equivalent.

Maths puzzles: Word search fractions

## Maths puzzles: Wordsnake data handling words

Maths puzzles: Wordsnake data handling words

The Primary Framework for Mathematics has given each year group a set of mathematical words that they should know. This word snake contains words from the data handling section of year 4. There are only 8 of them but every latter in the grid is used once.

The words can be found by moving across or up and down (but not diagonally). The next word follows on directly from the first.

The first word (survey) is given to you so that you can get the idea. The first letter of next two words is also given, then you are left to find them with no help.

This is not easy: try it yourself.

Maths puzzles: Wordsnake 4x table

## Maths puzzles: Word search 4x table

Maths puzzles: Word search 4x table

Maths puzzles do not have to be about numbers. This is a word search to encourage the learning of the 4x table. Some interesting spellings also within this search.

The four times table can be quickly derived by doubling the 2x table, but it is expected that children will learn the 4x table so that they can give an answer as quickly as if asked what their names are.

Watch out for the word forty, as the u from four seems to mysteriously disappear when adding the y. Just one of the little things which make spelling difficult for our children.

Maths puzzle: Word search 4x table

## Maths puzzles: Word search months of the year

Maths puzzles: Word search months of the year

Here we have another simple maths puzzle, a word search suitable for young children. To keep it as easy as possible the words to be found go either across the page or down. There are no words going backwards or diagonally.

It can take children a long time before they are confident with the spellings of all the months of the year. probably the hardest is February as it is often pronounced without the first r being sounded.

Maths puzzles: Word search months of the year

## Maths puzzles: Word search numbers to ten

Maths puzzles: Word search numbers to ten

As it is half term week for most children in the UK we can have a break from the serious stuff and give you some maths puzzles and word searches to do with maths. This one is just for the numbers from zero to ten. Good practice at recognising and spelling these essential words.

To make it simpler the numbers can be found going across or down, but not backwards or in a diagonal.

Maths puzzles : Word search numbers to ten

## Maths puzzles: Wordsnake calculator words

Maths puzzles: Wordsnake calculator words

Now we are getting really tricky. This is like a maze: start at the arrow, in this case pointing at the letter c and move across or down (but not diagonally) like a snake, to make a word. The first word has been done for you: clear. The next word follows on immediately from the first, the third from the second and so on. Every letter is used once, with the final word ending where the arrow exits (in this case the letter s).

This is even harder because you don’t know what the words are or which letter they begin with, but you do know how long they are.

One for the real puzzle champs and definitely in the very hard, Brainbender category!

Maths wordsnake calculator words