## Here are some mathematical activities to keep your brain activeand continue your learning while school is closed.

### Day 1

• Make an Expression Your first activity is a 15 minute challenge. Set a timer for fifteen minutes then try to make as many numbers as possible from the digits 1 to 4. You have to use all four digits but you can use any operations. Good Luck.
• Snowman Now here's an activity that is perfect for snowy weather. If you have a printer you could print the diagram otherwise copy it into your exercise book. It would be great if you could show how reach the answer so that someone else could follow your method.

Now take a five minute break, walk around the house and stretch your legs.

• Snail Race This activity is about probability. You have to think which snail is most likely to win before starting the race. When it has finished write an article describing the race, the reason you chose the snail you did and what you theory is about which snails are likely to be the fastest.

### Day 2

• Broken Calculator Your warm-up for today's home learning is to show that you can use a broken calculator. You only have some of the calculator keys to make the list of numbers. Don't forget you can use the number buttons to make two digit numbers too.
• Writing Expressions Whether you are new to algebra or have been doing it for years this practice exercise is probably quite different from what you have done before. Press the buttons to hear the voice of Transum saying expressions which you then have to type in. If you get any wrong try them again and again until you figure out the correct way to write down the expressions.

Now take a five minute break and drink a glass of water.

• Football Scores This is an investigation. It requires you to write in your exercise book (or paper) your version of the situation and show all of the working you did and the conclusions you came to. Don't forget to consider many different full time scores.

### Day 3

• Brainbox Start todays home-learning with this puzzle called Brainbox. Try to extend yourself to attempt one of the higher levels. Use the lower levels to develop strategies which can then be used on the higher levels. You could take a screen shot of your work to send to your teacher.
• Angle Chase If you don't already know the basic theorems about angles have a peep at this page (click each diagram to find out more). Your challenge is to type in every angle shown on the Angle Chase page. Good luck.

Take a screen break for five minutes before applying your mind to the next task.

• Leapfrog Now here's a strange situation; blue frogs changing places with green frogs. Follow the instructions to work out the minimum number of hops for different numbers of frogs.

### Day 4

• Beat The Clock To get your brain warmed up for today's Snow Day Maths try this mental arithmetic challenge. Begin with the lowest levels then see how far you can get answering the questions correctly before the shield comes down and stops you.
• Shapes in the Stars Now let's switch to a different topic in Maths. This challenge is to see if you know the names of common two dimensional shapes. Find the shapes by joining up the stars. You will find that they are all regular polygons.

Now take a five minute break, perhaps you could brush some of the snow away from the front of your house..

• Online Logo  Teach yourself how to program in Logo using the instructions and the collection of mathematical challenges on the Logo page. You can use the snipping tool to capture pictures of your work which you can paste into your notes or send to your teacher.

### Day 5

• Mind Reader  Begin this cool day with a cool mind reading trick. Believe it or not, this app can read your mind. If you don't believe it can you figure out how it works? You will have to do the mind reading a number of times before you see the secret behind the trick.
• Area and Perimeter Show that you know the area and perimeter formulas of basic shapes. If there any you don't know look them up in your textbook or on the internet. If you have a printer you could print out your finished work and put it on the wall.
• Areas of Composite Shapes  Find the areas of combined (composite) shapes made up of one or more simple polygons and circles. You can use a calculator to help with this exercise.
• Area Two How many different shapes with an area of 2 square units can you make by joining dots on this grid with straight lines? Keep a record of those shapes you find.

Now take a five minute break, have a drink and a walk around the house.

• Area wall puzzles Divide the grid into rectangular pieces so that the area of each piece is the same as the number it contains. There are a number of levels for this puzzle and you can claim a trophy for each level that you manage to do. Good luck.

### Day 6

• Screen Test Here's an unusual start to your snow day Maths lesson for today. Memorise the mathematical facts in the video then answer the ten quiz questions. You can rewind or replay the video if you missed the fact in the questions.
• Systematic Listing  The main theme for today is for you to develop skills for finding all the possibilities in a situation. Do three or four of the activities or levels unless your teacher has given you specific instructions about what you should do.

Now take a short break and do a little exercise.

• 23 or Bust Here is a game to finish your Maths activities for today. Choose the one player game so that you play against the computer. Play many times and look for strategies that may help you win. You could next play the two player game with a member of your family to show off your game winning strategies.

Teacher: You can send the link to this page to your students when your school has to close due to snow or any other reason. The activities have been chosen to have a low threshold and high ceiling meaning that are suitable for pupils of a wide range of previous attainment.

Pupils can complete the activities online and earn trophies as a record of their progress. Teachers (who are Transum subscribers) can see from their class list which pupils have earned which trophies.

You can be more specific by sending out one of the links below to only show one day's worth of activities:

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