Plenty of problem solving to do in Year 6, together with explaining why particular methods have been chosen. Recognising patterns in number and predicting sequences are both important steps towards using algebra at High School.

Here are sets of word problems only needing one step to solve, but it is not always obvious what calculation to carry out to reach the answer.

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Here are some longer problems written in words. You need to work out more than one thing to get the answers.

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Quite tricky word problems involving money, often requiring several steps to complete.

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A good knowledge of metric measures is needed to complete these questions.

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Questions which need an understanding of a.m., p.m., 24 hour clock, leap years as well as using graphs.

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An atlas with time zones is needed for the first activity and there are line graphs on time to interpret.

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When answering these problems say which operation is needed and whether it can be done mentally, on paper or with a calculator.

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More on choosing the most appropriate method of calculating.

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Some great patterns can be found when dividing by 9 or 11, and using square numbers.

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Plenty of ideas to help with investigations and inventing similar problems.

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More investigations on adding consecutive numbers, dividing by a half, writing a simple formula as well as shape patterns.

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Complete a variety of number sequences and say what the rule for each sequence is. Some negative number work as well.

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Using a multiplication square to look for number patterns: there are certainly plenty of them! Further sequence work, including Fibonacci.

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Try the Ancient Egyptian method of multiplying. Great, if you are good at adding up!

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A hard investigation using the date 12.12.12 as a starting point.

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