Avery bought 7 cars and 5 helicopters which altogether cost £58.

On another occasion she bought 8 cars and 10 helicopters which cost £92.

Are these toys expensive? How much does one car cost? How much does one helicopter cost?

Hint: The answers are whole numbers.

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• My year 6 class found this fairly easy once they had a discussion with their neighbours. Satisfactory.

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