Starters for STEM: the Easter Edition

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From making a jumping bunny to using Scratch to code your own Easter egg hunt game, STEM Learning has a range of activities for you this Easter.

Making a jumping bunny

Code and Easter egg hunt

What’s in the box?

Melting Easter eggs

Endangered egg decorating

Transport an egg down the zip line

Problem of the month – April

Test your mathematic skills with these problems below. Don’t forget to share your answers and findings with us by leaving a reply.

Good Luck!

EYFS Problem

Activity 1
What is a pattern?
Can you see any patterns in the classroom, on the walls or on the floors, around the school? Are there any patterns at home, in the wallpaper, or on your clothes?


Describe what you can see to your adult.
How many different objects are there? Is there a pattern? What is the pattern? Which object would come next in the pattern?
Discuss which object is first, second, third…

Can you use any mathematical vocabulary to describe the pattern? e.g. next to.
Which object will be after the last one shown? How can we check that we are right?


Which objects would be next in the pattern? Can you draw it?
How many objects are in this pattern? Which is first? Second? Third?
Can you use your mathematical vocabulary to describe the pattern to your adult? e.g. in between.
What will the next object be? And the next? Why?


How many objects are in this pattern? What is first? Second? Third?
And then what happens?

Can you make different patterns to mine using a moon, star and sun? What is the same and what is different about your patterns?

KS1 Problem

Down the path

Lower KS2 Problem

Upper KS2 Problem

Top tips and things to think about:

Check that your two parts are identical and don’t simply have the same area.

Fix one variable and manipulate the others.

How are you finding different solutions? Do you have a system?

Are any of your solutions repeated?

How many solutions are there?

Don’t forget to leave your solutions in the comments section or email your class teachers.

We love a good problem

Y6 Class Blog

In year 6 we love a challenge and love solving problems. Our latest challenge was a maths problem that even got the teachers thinking!

The challenge was very similar to a sudoku problem where numbers needed to be placed in columns and rows with the numbers going all the way up to 36.

These children demonstrated a really positive growth mindset when faced with this challenge. They started logicially, they preserved when they hit an obstacle, used trail and improvement and they never gave up.

Well done everyone.

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Let’s Count Day

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Today has been our ‘Let’s Count Day’. At Prince, we decided to count our steps. Here is how we all got on…

In Nursery, we asked the children to predict how far they might get walking five steps, then tested it, marking a line of chalk to see how far they got. We then thought about whether doing tiny and long steps would get us to the same line or if would be different. Again the children made their predictions and tested it. We also spoke about whether an adults steps would take the adult to their lines or not.

Let’s Count

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Our Let’s Count day is Friday 5th March. At Prince Edward’s we will be counting our steps.

Counting is important and so too is keeping active. Recommendations for daily steps for children vary based on goals and circumstances. Generally, though, all children between the ages of 5 and 19 should take around 12,000 steps per day. Will you be joining us on our stepathon? How many step will you do on Friday?

Did you know that it takes an adult over 2,000 steps to walk one mile and 10,000 steps would be almost 5 miles?

Did you know it would take approximately 50 million steps – that’s the 25,000 miles to walk around the globe?

How far we will get? Tune back in next week to find out…

Problem of the month – March

The Math Problem of the Month | American University of Sharjah

Test your mathematic skills with these problems below. Don’t forget to share your answers and findings with us by leaving a reply.

Good Luck!

EYFS Problem

Missing shoes
I have chosen a pair of shoes but unfortunately someone has mixed all the shoes into a large pile! Can you be shoe detectives and help me find my shoes?
Q. How could we find my pair of missing shoes?
Q. What sort of shoe do you think I might have chosen?
Q. What type of shoe might I choose if I was going to the beach/for a walk in the woods/to a party?
Here are my clues:
My shoes have laces.
My shoes are white.
Don’t forget to send pictures of how you sorted the shoes to find my missing pair.

KS1 Problem

LOWER KS2 Problem

Converting money

  • How many pence make 1 pound? 
  • How much money is shown in pence? 
  • How much money is shown in pounds and pence?
  • Write these amounts in pounds and pence:
    345p, 231p, 449p, 106p 

UPPER KS2 Problem

Dividing with remainders

  • Elm class are going on a trip. There are 30 children in the class and 5 adults. They hire minibuses that take 16 people. How many minibuses do they need to hire? Explain your answer. 
  • 9,626 ÷ 5
    Write a word problem for the calculation where you have to find the remainder. 
  • 9,626 ÷ 5
    Write a word problem for the calculation where you need to round up the remainder.
  • 9,626 ÷ 5
    Write a word problem for the calculation where you need to round down the remainder.

Don’t forget to send us or share with us all your solutions.