This is level 1: sort the numbers 1 to 9 from smallest to largest by clicking the purple buttons to swap pairs of numbered cards.
The numbers are not in the correct order. Keep trying.Check
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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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Level 1 - Sort the numbers 1 to 9 from smallest to largest
Level 2 - Sort a random collection of numbers between 10 to 99
Level 3 - Sort positive and negative whole numbers
Level 4 - Sort decimals
Level 5 - Sort fractions
Level 6 - Sort a mixed collection of numbers
Level 7 - Sort the tricky multiplication facts
More on this topic including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and self-marking exercises.
Currently the fastest time for this level (Level 1) has been achieved by 8proudh with a time of 0:20 (that is 20 seconds) on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Can you beat that? If you can make sure you claim a trophy because that is how fast times are officially recognised.