It is very cold at the North Pole, so cold that your brain could stop working.
Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 51 times table.
How far can you get in five minutes?
Try this activity again when you are feeling cold. Can you get as far in five minutes?
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Teacher, do your students have
access to computers?
Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.
Here is the URL which will take them to a game that will help them practise the 51 times table.
Here is the URL which will take them to the most popular multiplication tables app.
Are you a morning person?
Try the Time Of Day Test
Count down from 1000 in steps of 7 trying to get as far as possible in five minutes.
Do this task in the morning then repeat it in the evening. Which time of the day were you able to do best?