Without writing anything down, memorise
the numbers in the picture above.
[Note for Teacher: Click the button in the bottom right corner of the picture for five questions to test your students' memories when they have had sufficient time studying the picture.
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Illustration from a 1990s Oxford Mathematics teacher’s book, reproduced by permission of the publishers, Oxford University Press.
You have five minutes to remember the numbers in this village scene!
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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.
Here is the URL which will take them to a related student activity.