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Collins New Primary Maths

Age 4-11

Investigations A set of open-ended real-life mathematical investigations aimed at stimulating the interest of your pupils whilst improving and sharpening their maths and problem-solving skills. ●

Traffic and transport Our bodies

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Collins New Primary Maths: Investigations 1

How tall? If you measure three times around your head you’ll find out how tall you are.

Each resource has 60 or more investigations to choose from which will improve the maths skills of your class while maintaining their interest, through problems set in cross-curricular contexts.

• measuring equipment • pencil and paper

You are six of your feet tall.

• Is Rebecca right?

• How many hand spans tall are you?

The activities can be included in your daily maths lesson or as additional activities throughout the day and there is support on assessing pupils’ progress.

• Is what you found out the same for other children in your class? © HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 2009

✂ Our bodies


Collins New Primary Maths: Investigations 1

Body links • Join the tip of your middle finger to the tip of your thumb. Is this the same size as around your wrist?

Our solar system


• measuring equipment • pencil and paper

What do you notice about: – how far you can reach and how tall you are? – the size of your neck and the size of your wrist? – the size of your index finger and the distance from the tip of your nose to your chin?

Collins New Primary Maths: Investigations 6

Orbiting the Sun • pencil and paper

• Think about other parts of your body that are the same length, or where one part is twice the length of the other. © HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 2009

Jupiter takes about 12 years to orbit the Sun.

The Earth takes one year to orbit the Sun.

Sample from Investigations 1

• Investigate how long each of the other planets takes to orbit the Sun.

Someone who is 12 years old on Earth would be 1 year old on Jupiter. • Approximately how old would you be on each of the other planets in our solar system? © HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 2009

✂ Our solar system


Collins New Primary Maths: Investigations 6

Speeding planets • pencil and paper

The Earth orbits the Sun. It travels a distance of 107 292 km each hour. • Calculate how far the Earth travels in: – the time it takes you to walk across the classroom – a maths lesson – a school day.

It takes one year for the Earth to orbit the Sun.

• Approximately how many millions of kilometres does the Earth travel in one year?

Mercury is the fastest travelling planet. It travels a distance of 172 318 km each hour. • How much further does Mercury travel than the Earth in 24 hours? © HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 2009

Sample from Investigations 6


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