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Arrange the given numbers in the cross so that the sum of the numbers in the vertical line is the same as the sum of the numbers in the horizontal line.


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"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."

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Description of Levels



Level 1 - Arrange the numbers 1 to 5

Level 2 - Arrange the numbers 2 to 6

Level 3 - Arrange the numbers 3 to 7

Level 4 - Arrange multiples of 4

Level 5 - Arrange positive and negative numbers

Level 6 - Arrange larger positive and negative numbers

Level 7 - Find all the ways of arranging the numbers 1 to 5