The North Pole Test

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 103 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

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  • Primary 6 & Mrs Thom, Netherlee PS
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  • In five minutes, our primary 6 class managed to get the first 16 stations correct. We felt that it was tricky but a lot of fun. Some were frustrated that if they got one answer wrong then every other answer was also wrong.

    We really enjoyed today's challenge!
  • Matthew, 3D, Craigslea State School
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  • I got up to the 29th station in 5 minutes.
    It was fun!
  • Katee Wheeler, ------
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  • This starter has some potential and is very helpful and interesting for developing Mathematical skills.
  • Debbie, Guernsey
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  • Very absorbing activity! One of my Y5s managed up to 49 x 44 in 5 minutes.

    [Transum: If are reading this comment and wondering why it refers to the 44 times table while you have been presented with another times table it is because a different number appears every time this page is loaded.]
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  • Yes, the cold can really affect your brain in a negative way. Perhaps a chilly day where you live won’t make a big difference but for really cold environments there have been studies which have found that mental changes (reflecting a cooling brain) are the first sign of hypothermia. The tell-tale signs include becoming withdrawn, slower movements, poor coordination, hallucinations, slurred speech, poor memory and eventually loss of consciousness.

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1 x 103 = 103
2 x 103 = 206
3 x 103 = 309
4 x 103 = 412
5 x 103 = 515
6 x 103 = 618
7 x 103 = 721
8 x 103 = 824
9 x 103 = 927
10 x 103 = 1030
11 x 103 = 1133
12 x 103 = 1236
13 x 103 = 1339
14 x 103 = 1442
15 x 103 = 1545
16 x 103 = 1648
17 x 103 = 1751
18 x 103 = 1854
19 x 103 = 1957
20 x 103 = 2060
21 x 103 = 2163
22 x 103 = 2266
23 x 103 = 2369
24 x 103 = 2472
25 x 103 = 2575
26 x 103 = 2678
27 x 103 = 2781
28 x 103 = 2884
29 x 103 = 2987
30 x 103 = 3090
31 x 103 = 3193
32 x 103 = 3296
33 x 103 = 3399
34 x 103 = 3502
35 x 103 = 3605
36 x 103 = 3708
37 x 103 = 3811
38 x 103 = 3914
39 x 103 = 4017
40 x 103 = 4120
41 x 103 = 4223
42 x 103 = 4326
43 x 103 = 4429
44 x 103 = 4532
45 x 103 = 4635
46 x 103 = 4738
47 x 103 = 4841
48 x 103 = 4944
49 x 103 = 5047
50 x 103 = 5150
51 x 103 = 5253
52 x 103 = 5356
53 x 103 = 5459
54 x 103 = 5562
55 x 103 = 5665
56 x 103 = 5768
57 x 103 = 5871
58 x 103 = 5974
59 x 103 = 6077
60 x 103 = 6180
61 x 103 = 6283
62 x 103 = 6386
63 x 103 = 6489
64 x 103 = 6592
65 x 103 = 6695
66 x 103 = 6798
67 x 103 = 6901
68 x 103 = 7004
69 x 103 = 7107
70 x 103 = 7210
71 x 103 = 7313
72 x 103 = 7416
73 x 103 = 7519
74 x 103 = 7622
75 x 103 = 7725
76 x 103 = 7828
77 x 103 = 7931
78 x 103 = 8034
79 x 103 = 8137
80 x 103 = 8240
81 x 103 = 8343
82 x 103 = 8446
83 x 103 = 8549
84 x 103 = 8652
85 x 103 = 8755
86 x 103 = 8858
87 x 103 = 8961
88 x 103 = 9064
89 x 103 = 9167
90 x 103 = 9270
91 x 103 = 9373
92 x 103 = 9476
93 x 103 = 9579
94 x 103 = 9682
95 x 103 = 9785
96 x 103 = 9888
97 x 103 = 9991
98 x 103 = 10094
99 x 103 = 10197
100 x 103 = 10300

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