Maths at Home

Whilst learning at home and completing the everyday tasks your teacher is setting, we thought it would be fun for all those amazing mathematicians at Grove to have some extra activities to get on with.

Scroll down to check out some fun maths facts, quotes and even jokes. Look out for the new ones every week! 

On this page there will be challenges set for children in each key stage from Early Years through to Year 6. Completing a challenge and submitting the correct answer to your teacher will earn you extra J2stars and give you a bigger chance of winning a prize. 

Make sure you continue scrolling past the challenges to check out our weekly brain teasers and loads of fun websites that will help you keep your maths skills sharp. 

Have fun!


Quote of the week

"Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts."

Albert Einstein


Joke of the week

Why is it sad that parallel lines have so much in common?

Because they’ll never meet. 


Fact of the week

Multiplying ones always gives you palindromic numbers. Palindromic numbers read the same forwards and backwards.
If you multiply 111,111,111 × 111,111,111 you get 12,345,678,987,654,321.

Why don't you test this out? Remember to start small and work your way up. This is called working systematically.

Eg 1 x 1 = 1

11 x 11 = 121

Send your findings to your classteacher using the class email or J2e.



This week's challenges

Nursery and Reception Maths Challenge
Magic Box

To do this activity with your child you will need a box that is not see through – this could be a shoe box, gift box, lunch box, anything you might have in your house will do.
Inside the box put a range of objects – try to do this without the child seeing. Some ideas of objects you could use are a spoon, toys, lego, blocks. Try to make sure all the items differ in size and shape.

Show the child the box and let them shake the box.

Ask some questions:
What do you think is in the box?
How big do you think the items are?
How many things do you think are hiding in the box?
If you want to push your child a little further you could ask why they have made those guess and try to get them to give reasons for these.

Allow your child to open the box and discover what is inside. Were their guesses right?

Now you could spend some time using mathematical language to describe the items or sort the items.
Which item is the biggest?
Which item is the smallest?
Can you order the items from biggest to smallest?
Which one is the heaviest?
Which one is the lightest?
We’d love to see some pictures of your children exploring the magic boxes so please send any photos to your child’s class teacher via email.

Nursery have risen to the challenge! Look what Zoya found in her Magic Box...

Amelia in RY has had a go at the Maths Magic box challenge. She guesed different things that might be in the box then she ordered from biggest to smallest. She then chose the heaviest, lightest, smallest, biggest items from the box. Great learning Amelia.


Ekam in RG is becoming a maths whizz. Look at his magic box.

Year 1 and 2 Maths Challenge
Little Man

This problem has been inspired by the story “The Man” by Raymond Briggs.
The Man is much smaller than you and me.
Here is a picture of him standing next to a mug.

Can you estimate how tall he is?
Can you think of something that you have at home that is approximately twice as tall as the Man?
What about something that is about half as tall as the Man?

How tall do you think the Man’s mug might be in centimetres?
Can you estimate how many “Man mugs” of tea might fill one of our mugs?

Some useful definitions:
Approximately – used to show that something is almost or roughly accurate.
Estimate – roughly calculate or guess the answer.


Have a go at this puzzle too!

Straight Line Numbers!



Year 3 and 4 Maths Challenge
Number Detective

Calling all detectives! You will need to think creatively, use your reasoning skills and your problem solving strategies to find the mystery number from the list below.

• The number has two digits.
• Both of the digits are even.
• The digit in the tens place is greater than the digit in the ones place.
• The ones digit is not in the three times table.
• The tens digit is not double the ones digit.
• The sum of the two digits is a multiple of five.

What is the mystery number?

These are the options that the mystery number could be:


Have a go at this puzzle too!

Number Star!




Year 5 and 6 Maths Challenge
Curious Number

Are you curious about numbers? Can you use your mathematical skills to find some solutions to the problems below?

Problem 1:
Can you order the digits 1, 2 and 3 to make a number which is divisible by 3?
When the final digit is removed it becomes a two-digit number divisible by 2.

Problem 2:
Can you order the digits 1, 2, 3 and 4 to make a number which is divisible by 4?
When the final digit is removed it becomes a three-digit number which is divisible by 3.
When the final digit of that number is removed it becomes a two-digit number divisible by 2.

Problem 3:
Can you order the digits 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to make a number which is divisible by 5?
When the final digit is removed it becomes a four-digit number which is divisible by 4.
When the final digit of that number is removed it becomes a three-digit number which is divisible by 3.
When the final digit of that number is remover it becomes a two-digit number divisible by 2.


What systems are you using to solve the problems?
What do you know about numbers that can be divided by 3, 4, and 5?
Now what about taking this further for digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6?
What do you know about numbers that can be divided by 6, 7, 8 and 9?


Have a go at this puzzle too!

Add It Up!



This week's brain teaser - can you work out the solution?

Check back next Wednesday for the solution and new teaser to complete.

Five friends have their gardens next to one another, where they grow three kinds of crops:

*fruits (apple, pear, nut, cherry),

*vegetables (carrot, parsley, gourd, onion) 

*flowers (aster, rose, tulip, lily).

1. They grow 12 different varieties.
2. Everybody grows exactly 4 different varieties
3. Each variety is at least in one garden.
4. Only one variety is in 4 gardens.
5. Only in one garden are all 3 kinds of crops.
6. Only in one garden are all 4 varieties of one kind of crops.
7. Pear is only in the two border gardens.
8. Paul's garden is in the middle with no lily.
9. Aster grower doesn't grow vegetables.
10. Rose growers don't grow parsley.
11. Nuts grower has also gourd and parsley.
12. In the first garden are apples and cherries.
13. Only in two gardens are cherries.
14. Sam has onions and cherries.
15. Luke grows exactly two kinds of fruit.
16. Tulip is only in two gardens.
17. Apple is in a single garden.
18. Only in one garden next to Zick's is parsley.
19. Sam's garden is not on the border.
20. Hank grows neither vegetables nor asters.
21. Paul has exactly three kinds of vegetable.

Who has which garden and what is grown where?

Think carefully about where you will start with this challenge.

Who are the 5 friends? Write their names on a piece of paper or in your home learning book.

What information do we know? Start with this.

Q8 is a good starting point. We know that Paul's garden is in the middle.

Good luck!


As well as completing these challenges here are some extra things you could be getting on with!

The Oak National Academy
The Oak National Academy is a website set up by the government to support pupils during their learning at home. There are a variety of online lessons you can access and whilst these might not be the same as the work your teachers are setting you, you might just get a head start on something else.


Nrich is a great website of puzzles and challenges for pupils aged from nursery through to year 6. Have a go at some of the challenges and you never know you might spot something familiar.


Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl has a range of activities including online games, activity sheets and help videos explaining a range of maths topics. This is great if you’re feeling a bit stuck on something.


White Rose Hub
The White Rose Hub is a great resource that you may recognise – we use this for lots of your learning in school. There are now online lessons and activities you can complete at home. Again, this might not be exactly what topic your teacher is setting you but great to practise a whole range of maths skills.


The Maths Factor
You may have never heard of Carol Vorderman but your parents probably have. She’s an extremely clever mathematician and has a website full of amazing activities for you to complete. You will need an adult at home to help you set up an account, it usually costs money but is free at the moment until school reopens.


So many free games on this website – you’ll forget other video games ever existed.

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