How Many Of Each?

Pens cost 14p each,
Pencils cost 6p each.

Elizabeth spent 66p altogether.

How many pens and pencils did she buy?

Dishes cost £1.01 each,
Plates cost £1.57 each.

Alexis spent £8.30 on dishes and plates.

How many of each did she buy?

Did you peak at the background picture I used for today's Starter? I took the photograph in the French Alps and am quite proud of it. Most people think it is funny because that region of France you will find hill areas.

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic

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  • My daughter really enjoys these, when she comes home from school she will sit on the laptop and do things like these.
  • Ellen, Dublin
  • This is a great way to start the kids off in the morning, we always start off doing this they all enjoy it!!
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  • This website is extremely helpful for my daughter to improve her Maths. I wish that there were more sites like this to help young and other people get going through their Mathematics. After all, every job in the universe depends on MATHS!
  • Martin Elliott, P7 Blackridge Primary School Scotland
  • We found the 1st problem quite easy as the numbers were small.
    The second problem involved £'s and generated much more discussion.
    P7 love this site.
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  • I think it's great! I just wish they had different problems for older age levels. I'm in the 8th grade and my teachers give this for extra credit every week. (we only get 1 extra point per week). Some days it's hard and others its super easy. I just hope they find a way to balance it out. Great resource, though!
  • Thomas - Year 5, Charnwood Primary - Lichfield
  • A good maths starter but maybe a couple more would be better.
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  • I think the the first problem was too easy, I like the idea though.

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments:

However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.

Laptops In Lessons

Here is the URL which will take them to a related student activity.

Student Activity


If students have access to computing devices you may wish to try solving the following?

Sandwiches cost £1.87 each,

Drinks cost £1.30 each.

Grace spent £62.67 on sandwiches and drinks.

How many of each did she buy?

[Assume that at least one of each of the items was bought]

You may wish to use a spreadsheet or write a program on a graphing calculator:

  A B C D E F G H I J K
1   Sandwiches                
2 Drinks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3 1 £3.17 £5.04 £6.91 £8.78 £10.65 £12.52 £14.39 £16.26 £18.13 £20.00
4 2 £4.47 £6.34 £8.21 £10.08 £11.95 £13.82 £15.69 £17.56 £19.43 £21.30
5 3 £5.77 £7.64 £9.51 £11.38 £13.25 £15.12 £16.99 £18.86 £20.73 £22.60
6 4 £7.07 £8.94 £10.81 £12.68 £14.55 £16.42 £18.29 £20.16 £22.03 £23.90
7 5 £8.37 £10.24 £12.11 £13.98 £15.85 £17.72 £19.59 £21.46 £23.33 £25.20
8 6 £9.67 £11.54 £13.41 £15.28 £17.15 £19.02 £20.89 £22.76 £24.63 £26.50
9 7 £10.97 £12.84 £14.71 £16.58 £18.45 £20.32 £22.19 £24.06 £25.93 £27.80
10 8 £12.27 £14.14 £16.01 £17.88 £19.75 £21.62 £23.49 £25.36 £27.23 £29.10
11 9 £13.57 £15.44 £17.31 £19.18 £21.05 £22.92 £24.79 £26.66 £28.53 £30.40
12 10 £14.87 £16.74 £18.61 £20.48 £22.35 £24.22 £26.09 £27.96 £29.83 £31.70



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