this was a brilliant starter for our year 6. it helped them to make questions, using appropriate things.

Liz, Kuwait

I would like to thank you for the excellent resources which I used every day. My students would often turn up early to tackle the starter of the day as there were stamps for the first 5 finishers. We also had a lot of fun with the fun maths. All in all your resources provoked discussion and the students had a lot of fun.

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On the family computer, Harry needed 543 MB of storage space for his music and Will needed 393 MB. Altogether 936 MB of storage space was needed.

They were saving up for a new computer which costs £583. They already had £98 which left £485 still to find. By doing odd jobs for neighbours they could make on average £31 a week. If they worked for 20 weeks they could earn £620.

This was more than they needed.

At their school there are 88 students in the year group. They are divided into 11 classes of 8 for registration. All of the students in the Year group go on a school trip to see how computers are put together at the local factory. The small buses used by the school each hold 9 passengers. Harry worked out how many buses would be needed:

88 ÷ 9 = 9.777778

This did not make much sense as he knew that the answer should be a whole number. As no students would be left behind he figured out that 10 buses would be needed.

At the factory Harry won a competition and was given a brand new computer. He was so overjoyed he phoned his brother immediately and they agreed to share the £98 they had already saved with all of the other students in their Year group.

Everyone returned from the school trip happy and Harry and Will had plenty of storage space for their music.

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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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