Sum Square

A Maths Starter Of The Day

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Arrange the numbers one to eight on the yellow tiles to make the four totals correct.


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Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Problem Solving | Puzzles

  • Mrs McColm, Leswalt Primary School
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  • This starter taught the children that things don't always happen on the first try - so you will have to try again and have patience.
  • The Best Maths Class Ever. 7cd/m2, Kind Alfred's College, Oxfordshire
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  • It was really hard and appeared to rely on luck. Once we revealed the top and middle row, one or two of us got it.
  • Callum Mackinnon, Bargeddie Primary School, Primary 7
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  • This I must say, is the best Maths Starter from Transum this term. I for one specifically do not believe I am good at Mathematics but this has really boosted my confidence.
  • Janet, Oaklands
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  • Caretaker, Careers Adviser and a Maths teacher couldn't just leave this one until they had solved it! That was just a familiarisation session.....
  • Jean, Polesworth
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  • We've been trying to do one since monday! The whole school is trying and we are yet to triumph! we have to equal 15 across the top, 12 down the left-hand side, 0 across the bottom and -2 down the right hand side! Even our top math pupils are yet to do it!!!
  • Mr M's Year 8s, Canggu Community School, Bali
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  • We all sucked at this apart from Frances who was on fire! Max said he liked it and we almost had to kill Oceane because she got it wrong! Thanks for a great starter.
  • J Leckey, ICD, Dungannon, NI.
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  • Leila and Aaron completed this in 5 mins! They are both first year students.
  • Ms Henderson, Harrow International School Beijing
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  • We tried 3 times, working as a class and we solved it!!! Ms Henderson's Y3 class rocks!!
  • Karen, DNPS
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  • We tried the task and Grade 4R found it challenging and interesting. We had two answers that were different to the answer supplied
    8+5+1=14
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    6 3
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    2+7-4=5
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    16 0
    and;
    7+5+2=14
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    1 4
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    8+3-6=5
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    16 0.
  • Mrs W, St Joseph's Catholic College, Bradford
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  • We found the answer in one lesson!
  • 8A3, All Hallows, Penwortham
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  • Too easy, it only took us 30 seconds. How cool are we.
  • Mrs Woods S1 Class, Waid Academy, Fife, Scotland
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  • My class got this in 15 seconds!!! Well done you clever people.
  • Mr Rawling, Springwood High School
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  • Matthew did it in 2 minutes. Isn't he a clever boy!
  • Y6 Maths Maniacs, Nottingham
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  • It was tricky but we solved it in the end.

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