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KS1 Magical Maths


Stately Holmes was here this week, a great detective and mathematical mystery solver. Here's what the children learned...


Stately Holmes is a distant relative of the great Sherlock, and has a reputation that's really building(!!) He's worked for some of the biggest crime solving organisations in the world; including the CIA and the FBI, but this week Stately was with us to teach the supercool youngsters a few of his crime solving skills.

Crack the Code
The children work out the answer to sums in order to Crack the Code. 

What message did Stately leave for the children……? 


The Mystery Calculator - helps you to read minds!

The second activity our detective brought with him was 'the Mystery Calculator'. This is genuinely really amazing. 

It's a sheet of numbers that helps you calculate what another person is thinking. The children were shown how to use it, and tried it on each other. 

We email parents a copy of the calculator, so they can continue the magic at home! :)


Fun with Games Galore
Our final activity this week was some really fun games. Great for practising important maths in groups. Please note, we change the difficulty of these games according to which year group is taking part - perfect for everyone!

The game we played this week was 'More or Less than'. It's a guessing game that helps children develop their strategies for finding unknown numbers. They have to guess what number is displayed behind their head by guess-work and feedback of 'more than' or 'less than' from the rest of the class. It was a game-a-rific game this week, with plenty of highs and lows. :)


Well what a great week this was. We really enjoyed it, and I know our world class detective was amazed by the younger detectives (I reckon they might even take Stately's job if they carry on at this rate!!).


See you next week for more Magical Maths, we can't wait.

Tim Ford

Head of convincing the FBI to lend us their best detectives.



P.S. Next week is a PARTICULARLY magical week...we've got a visit from our very own Mathemagician.