Mix and Match

A Maths Starter Of The Day

There were four football matches taking place on Tuesday evening.

Dave thought the winners would be , , , and .

Nick thought that , , , and would be the winning teams.

John said ", , , and would all win their matches and that would once again score no goals."

Who played who?

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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Logic | Multiple Intelligences | Puzzles

  • Fr D Byrne, St Columb's
  • This is a great starter - I used it with a year 9 class prior to a lesson on trial and improvement and it really got their brains in gear.
  • SH, Brighton
  • Am I being completely thick here? I can see how you can work out the 8 teams, but where is the criteria that tells you how to ascertain who played who?
  • Mr L, Weeting
  • Start with the simple fact that if every game is taking place Tuesday night, anyone that is listed as a possible winner in one persons list CANNOT be playing each other, since they wouldn't both be able to win.
  • Triton Fun Math,
  • I think we are missing some information.
  • Harry Beaux, Sheffield
  • With the clues given I got Derby v Bradford and Wolves v Leeds. Not enough info for the other 4 teams.
  • King Edwards, Y12
  • Leeds v Bradford, Millwall v Coventry, Wolves v Derby, Crewe v Stoke - we drew out a table and eliminated teams.
  • Mr. Edmonds, Year 9s
  • There is definitely enough information to work out the teams, this is a really good 10 minute starter to engage minds, 10/10 would use again!
  • Stanley, Plymouth
  • This is a great functional maths/problem solving starter. You can even change the team names.
    How to solve it:
    1. Establish the names of the 8 teams
    2. Draw a two way table with the 8 teams across and down
    3. Start working out who cannot play whom (if they are in a list of winners they cannot be playing each other)
    4. Once you have a “fixture” you know that team is not playing one of the other teams.
  • Year 5, Lady Royd PS (Bradford)
  • A great starter- but Bradford FC will always score goals!!
    Ask Chelsea FC about this!!!!!
  • J Riley, West Yorks
  • Great starter will definitely use in my next problem solving lesson.
  • Noah, Age 14, Hampshire
  • Did it for revision, not too hard.

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