Maths challenge for Year 5 & 6!

Hello there!


Well done to Allana, Victoria and Adrian for getting the last one correct. It was difficult and what we really liked seeing was that, even when you got it wrong the first few times, you persisted and kept going until you got the correct answer.


EDIT: it appears that I missed Allana’s name before. I am very sorry and well done to the three of you again! Patrick


This week you be doing the square addition challenge. Let me show you an example.

This is how the square will look like at the beginning:

You have to fill in the empty boxes so that each side adds up to the number in the middle (12). However you can only use numbers 1-8 and you can not repeat any numbers. We did the first one for you:

I have added arrows so you can see that each side adds up to 12. Notice how the numbers go from 1 to 8.

3 + 7 + 2 = 12

3 + 8 + 1 = 12

1 + 5 + 6 = 12

6 + 4 + 2 = 12


We had to have lots of attempts in order to get it right so you might have to have a good few as well. Don’t give up!

You will have to use the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 to do the same with the following squares:

All the sides will have to add to 13

All the sides will have to add to 14

All the sides will have to add to 15

I have attached a document below in which you can fill in the gaps on your computer rather than drawing each one.


Maths Challenge- Click on me to have all the challenges on one document


If you have any questions then please comment below and email your answers to your class email.


Good luck,


Mr Spours and Patrick

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