Summer Holidays

A Mathematics Lesson
Starter Of The Day

There are some children and donkeys on a beach.

Girl with ball Donkey

Together they have 47 heads and 130 feet.

How many donkeys?

How many children?


Topics: Starter | Algebra | Simultaneous Equations

  • Fiona Sutherland, Stirling
  • For some of the days, the answers would be useful. Is this possible?
  • Transum,
  • Dear Fiona,
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  • Mr Conway, Trent Valley Academy
  • My year 9 class did this in less than 1 minute.
  • Dr L,
  • Our record was 19 seconds! Adam Threadgold!
  • Transum,
  • It is worth mentioning that refreshing this page changes the numbers in the text of today's starter. It's really worth students tackling a second version of the problem so that they can put into practice methods and strategies shared after discussing the answer to the initial problem. There are more activities on the Transum website on the topic of Simultaneous Equations.

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers?
Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons?

Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

Laptops In Lessons

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Here is the URL which will take them to a self marking activity on simultaneous equations.

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