Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Wednesday - Do Some Monster Maths with Mrs Karban

8th July 2020

Welcome back to Maths Club.


Well today, I am not going to explain what to do, you need to try to work it out for yourself...


Watch the video below (which has not got any sound). It shows two people playing the game.
Can you work out how to play the game?  
What do you think the rules might be? 

When you have watched the video and discussed what you think the rules are, you can click the ‘SHOW’ button on the webpage to see if you were correct.

Game Board to copy

To create a total, you could shake 2 dice or do it virtually using this link.


To change the style and number of dice, click on the settings icon in the top right corner.


You will also need something to use as a counter and a partner. If you do not have a partner, you could always challenge yourself.


Good luck let me know how you get on.

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Welcome back to Maths Club. Today’s challenge is all about estimating angles. You do not need to know a lot about angles to be able to do this challenge. Please watch the video which explains what you need to know and how to play. Then click on the link below for the activity.

Estimating Angles, and interactive game

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Wednesday 24th June 2020

Welcome back to Maths Club once more.

I hope that if you are in Years 2, 3, 5, or 6 that you are getting involved in the Times Table Rock Stars, Battle of the Bands. Your class needs your support! Well done Year 4 on your participation last week.


Today’s Challenge: you will be playing another game. Watch the video 1 which tells you what resources you need to find. Video 2 shows you how to play the game.


If you want to check out the instructions on the Nrich website as well I will put the link to that after the videos.

Video 1

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The resources you will need to play the game.

How to play

Think Deeper …

  • Is it better to go first or second? Does it depend on the curve?
  • Can you design some simple curves where you can guarantee that you will win?
  • What do you notice about the number of regions that meet at each vertex?
  • Can you come up with any strategies to help you to win?

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Welcome back to Maths Club today. 


Today’s challenge is an interactive game. Watch my video first. This shows you how to play – please note that it starts and ends with a video editing screen but that disappears in a few seconds as I switch to the game itself. After you have watched the video click on the weblink for the game itself, which is at the bottom of the page. Good luck.

Poly Plug Rectangles

Think Deeper…

If you had to use as few test spots as possible, how would that change the way you play?


Are there some total numbers of spots that are easier to find than others?


Is it easier to find the larger rectangles or the smaller ones? Why so you think this is?


Can you make a prediction when you see the size of the rectangle on how many guesses it will take you to accurately predict where it will be?


How else could you play the game?


I would love to hear about the strategies you use for finding the monkey's rectangle and any other ideas you have about playing it. We could send them to Nrich as this is a ‘Live Problem’.

Here are the solutions sent to me for last's week's challenge.

Thank you to Toby, Joel, Bea and Luke.
Wednesday 10th June 2020

Video 1 Introduction

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This video tells you what resources you need to find to take on this maths challenge.

Video 2 The Challenge

10th June 2020

Think Deeper...

  • What were the ‘rules’?
  • What did you notice? 
  • What did you predict?
  • What did you discover?
  • What did you wonder?
  • How many different shapes do you think you could make if you had an extra triangle?
  • Is there a rule (or a relationship) you could find that links the number of triangles to the number of different shapes?
  • If there is a rule would it help you to make accurate predictions?


There are many other questions that you could ask. Think about starting some of them with, “What if …” Perhaps you could send me some of your questions as well as your solutions; mathematics is as much about posing questions as it is about finding solutions.

I will put all pictures on the maths club website when I receive them. Please could you get your parents to give me permission to share them on the website if you are in the picture as well.


Join me again next week for another Maths Club!

Do Some Monster Maths!

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