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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Comment recorded on the 14 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Trish Bailey, Kingstone School:
"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Comment recorded on the 18 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs. Peacock, Downe House School and Kennet School:
"My year 8's absolutely loved the "Separated Twins" starter. I set it as an optional piece of work for my year 11's over a weekend and one girl came up with 3 independant solutions."
"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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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