Aunty Dotty decides to give her nephew and niece £490 between them. Because the niece is the older of the two it is decided that the money must be divided so that she gets £4 for every £3 that her brother gets.

How much does each child get?

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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Here is the URL which will take them to an online ratio exercise.

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