How would you make 24? What times tables, addition, subtraction and division facts would you use? Could you do it under pressure? Could you explain it without stuttering or making mistakes?
These are some of the challenges faced by children in Years 5 and 6 who attend ’24 Club’ on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes with volunteers from PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers). Later in the term there will be an inter-house competition to choose the three fastest players and they will represent Charles Dickens at the Southwark 24 Tournament in June.
Have a go yourself. The rules are that you must use all 4 numbers, can only use them each once, can use any of the four operations and the answer must be 24. The cards with one dot (worth one point in the tournament) in the corner are the easiest and often have multiple ways of solving; the cards with three dots (worth three points in the tournament) are far more of a challenge. Good luck!