Spirals and pearls

Spirals and pearls © Galyna Andrushko - Fotolia

Knowledge and skills

  • Addition and subtraction
  • Estimating
  • Geometry
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Take inspiration from the sea with a fun maths challenge, then investigate numbers in nature by exploring the Fibonacci sequence. By Antonia Peters, maths teacher.

After listening to Grandma’s story, Kai decides that he too would like a necklace made of pearls from Aliikai’s kingdom. So, Grandma sets him a series of challenges so that he can gather 10 gleaming pearls – just enough to make a necklace. Can your class help Kai find all ten pearls? This treasure hunt-style activity works well in small groups but you can easily do it as a whole class – you just need a little more preparation time.

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