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Maths Challenge

Challenge 1

Sam has some red and yellow cubes.

She has 20 cubes in total.

She has 8 more yellow cubes than red ones.

How many red cubes does she have?

Sam stood next to a red cube and yellow cube.
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Challenge 2

Jon thinks of a number.

Jon says that half of his number is 12.

Half of his number is 12.

What is one third of Jon’s number?

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Challenge 3

A cup contains some coffee.

Sasha drinks 2/5 of the coffee.

There is 120 ml of coffee left.

How much coffee was in the cup at the start?

A ceramic cup.
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Challenge 4

A cube weighs 87 g.

One orange cube.

Two of the same cubes and a cone weigh 291 g.

Two orange cubes and a yellow cone.

How much does one cone weigh?

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Challenge 5

Rani, Layla and Tash take part in a basketball competition.

Rani, Sarah and Tash stood next to a basketball net and ball.
  • Rani scores 4 times as many baskets as Layla.

  • Tash scores 8 baskets less than Rani.

They score 100 baskets in total.

How many baskets does Tash score?

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Challenge 6

There are three times as many fiction books as non-fiction books in a library.

122 fiction books and 24 non-fiction books are loaned out.

There are now twice as many non-fiction books as fiction books.

How many books were in the library?

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Challenge 7

Josh and Leon have £73 in total.

They each spend £5.

Josh now has 25% more than Leon.

How much more money did Josh have than Leon at the start?

A pile of coins


English - Comprehension


Be Amazing! An inspiring Guide to Being Your Own Champion by Sir Chris Hoy

As a boy, Chris didn’t believe that he would achieve his dream of becoming an Olympic champion. However, he grew up to be a six-time gold medal winner. He shares everything he has learned on his journey to success and hopes that by telling his story, he will inspire young people to be the very best they can be.

Read the extract below and think what you can learn from it?

Extract 1

Everyday, for many years, I rode a bike as fast as I possibly could. There’s a good chance you won’t have heard of me, as I stopped racing back in 2013, but I did quite well competing for Great Britain on the velodrome as a track cyclist.

In total, I won six Olympic gold medals, eleven World Championship gold medals and thirty-four World Cup gold medals.

Reading that out now, I still find it completely bizarre... Me? An Olympic champion?! Not just once, but six times?! My ten-year-old self would have laughed out loud at how unbelievable that sounds!

There’s NO WAY that could EVER happen to me! I would have thought back then. I’m not even the fastest kid on my street. How on earth could I even DREAM of being the best in the world at riding a bike?!

I didn’t set out to become a champion. I started riding a bike because of an alien (more on that later!) and I then carried on simply because I loved doing it. My bike was all I thought about, talked about, dreamed about. It was my passion.

I wasn’t particularly good at it, though! Between the ages of six and sixteen, you certainly wouldn’t have picked me out as a possible gold-medal winner, compared to some of the other much faster kids. I definitely didn’t believe that I was a future champion, either.

So how did I go from being a kid on a BMX to living my dream as an adult, representing my country at world level? Well, that’s what I’m going to tell you. I wrote this book to give you the inside scoop on my journey to becoming an Olympic champion, in the hope that you might be able to use these tips to achieve your dream - whatever it might be.

This is not a book about cycling. You don’t need to be enthusiastic about bikes, the Olympics or even sport in general to read this book. (Although if you are obsessed with riding bikes really fast around a track, then brilliant!) I believe I’ve discovered things on my journey to a gold medal that apply to everyone.

This is also not a book about winning or learning how to win. I didn’t want to write a guide to becoming the best in the world at something. Winning is absolutely not the most important thing in life, believe me when I say that.

Instead, this is a book all about you!


Now read the next extract and consider how writing in the first person affects you as a reader.

Extract 2

Setbacks were a common experience in my cycling career, as they are for all sportspeople. I lost more races than I care to remember; I crashed; I was constantly trying to manage various injuries; I didn’t always hit my training goals; I made loads of tactical errors in competition; but the biggest setback I faced was having the event in which I was champion dropped from the Olympic programme in 2005.

Yes, you read that right! A year after winning a gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympics, the 1,000-metre time trial was axed. This meant I wouldn’t have the chance to defend my Olympic title. The event that I’d trained so hard for over the last twelve years was gone from the Olympics. I was devastated! At first, I refused to believe it. How could this be happening?! I was furious and I felt that it was unfair. But after a week or two, I realized that being angry, negative and moaning about it wasn’t going to help me in three years’ time at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. If I wanted to win another gold medal, I needed to change my attitude.

I had to totally reset my goals and I had to do it quickly, as time was running out and training for a new individual event would be a massive challenge. I hedged my bets and started training for two events: the sprint and the keirin, as I wasn’t sure which one I would have the best chance in.

I used the vast knowledge and experience of my coaches to help speed up the learning process as much as possible. I focused on what I could do to improve; I watched video footage of the events over and over; I listened to every piece of advice I could get and I thought about how I could use my existing strengths as a rider to best effect in these different events.

In the end, thanks to the fantastic team of people around me, I made the transition into a sprint and keirin rider, and went on to win both events three years later in Beijing. And to top it off, we won the team sprint too! So there I was, with three gold medals in one Olympic Games, not a bad outcome from a setback that threatened to end my career! Sometimes adversity can force you to do things you didn’t think were possible.

The next time you face a setback, stop and reflect. Is there something positive you can learn from this? Write down the positive and use it over the coming weeks as you plan the next steps in your journey.

Activity 1



Read Extract 1 again.

What impression do you get of the book from this extract? What type of book do you think it will be?

How does Sir Chris Hoy engage you as the reader?

  1. Write a short paragraph explaining what impression you get of this book from the opening extract.

Activity 2



Read both extracts again.

  • Are these extracts written in a similar way or different?

  • Do you think the purpose (reason) for each extract is the same or different?

  • Does Sir Chris Hoy have the same impact on the reader in both extracts?

  1. Write a short paragraph to explain whether the extracts have the same impact on the reader, or are very different.

Organise your ideas by listing what the extracts have in common and what is different before writing your paragraph.

What The Extracts Have In Common What Is Different About The Extracts?


Activity 3



Read both extracts again.

  1. Imagine that you were making a speech for your classmates.

You are discussing the following statement:

‘Sir Chris Hoy is an inspirational sportsman and writer.’

Write out the script of your speech.

You can use evidence from both of the extracts to demonstrate your points.

Top tips!

Think about the following:

  • Think about the tone of your speech. Your peers are the audience so you can be informal.

  • Think about features of a speech. You could use rhetorical questions to engage your listeners.

  • Think about how you will introduce yourself and remember to end your speech appropriately.


Have a lovely summer holiday!