Aunty Dotty decides to give her nephew and niece £240 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 £2 that her brother gets.

How much does each child get?

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Money | Ratio

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• This is really no more than a classic ‘dividing a quantity in a given ratio’ question presented in a real life situation. Pupils skilled at doing this type of calculation will answer the question quickly but it is hoped that even the pupils that have not met ratio formally will be able to devise a method to arrive at the answer. An extension to this activity is to ask pupils to come up with a similar problem involving Uncle Dashy who has two nephews and a niece!

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 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).

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

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And here's a colourful challenge involving ratio:

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