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Solving Problems (Year 3)
Six wooden bricks weigh 600g. 2 bricks weigh 200g.

Solving Problems (Year 3)

Solving problems is like a fun adventure in KS2 Maths! In Year Three, we learn cool tricks to solve real-life puzzles. Using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, we crack codes in everyday situations.

Imagine your brain is a superhero cape—it gets a workout! Real-life problems involve numbers, time, length, capacity, and weight. With our superhero operations (+, -, ×, ÷), we become problem-solving champions—just figure out which one to use!

Ready for a challenge? Put on your thinking cap and take this quiz. Show off your super Maths skills by solving problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division!

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1.
Six wooden bricks weigh 600g. What do 2 bricks weigh?
100g
200g
250g
300g
To calculate you need to find how much one brick weighs so 600g ÷ 6 = 100g, so 2 bricks weigh 200g
2.
I think of a number and subtract 12. The answer is 15. What was my first number?
3
5
27
29
You can work out the answer by adding 15 and 12 together
3.
A piece of string is 16cm. I cut off 7cm. How long is my string now?
7cm
9cm
10cm
12cm
16 - 7 = 9 so the string is 9cm long
4.
A cake goes in the oven at 12 o’clock. It bakes for 35 minutes. What time did the cake come out of the oven?
Twenty-five past twelve
Twenty-five to twelve
Twenty-five to one
Twenty-five past one
35 minutes after 12 o'clock is 12:35 or twenty-five to one
5.
An apple weighs 25g. How much would 4 apples weigh?
50g
75g
100g
125g
25 x 4 = 100 so 4 apples would weigh 100g
6.
Two pieces of string are 10cm long and three pieces of string are 6cm long. What is the total length?
18cm
20cm
38cm
40cm
10 x 2 = 20 and 6 x 3 = 18
20 + 18 = 38
7.
There are three glasses of water containing 350ml, 250ml and 400ml. When pouring the water into a bowl, half of it is spilt. How much water is left?
400ml
450ml
500ml
550ml
To solve this problem you need to add 350ml + 250ml + 400ml = 1,000ml. Half of 1,000ml is 500ml
8.
Richard went jogging at 3:30. He jogged for 30 minutes, walked for 10 minutes then jogged again. He arrived home at 4:20. How long was his second jog?
10 minutes
15 minutes
20 minutes
25 minutes
If you add 30 minutes to 3:30 it will be 4:00; add another 10 minutes and it becomes 4:10, so 4:20 is 10 more minutes
9.
I think of a number, double it and add 3. The answer is 45. What was my first number?
21
22
23
25
You can work this one out by doing the problem backwards:
45 - 3 = 42
42 ÷ 2 = 21
10.
There are 25ml of medicine in a bottle. A teaspoon holds 5ml. How many teaspoons of medicine are in the bottle?
2
3
4
5
The way to work this one out is to divide 25 by 5
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Problem solving

Author:  Amanda Swift

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