Algebra – What’s the Pattern?

Teach KS2 pupils about algebra using the story of a party It?s two friends? party and they are trying to work out how many people they can sit at their party table. Of course the birthday boy and girl must sit at opposite ends of the table with all their guests sitting down either side.

One table can sit 6 children, one at each end and two on either side, when a second table is added 10 children can be seated (2 at either end and 4 at each side). As the tables and the number of children grow a pattern starts to appear. Can your pupils work out the pattern and predict how many children could come to the party if there were 100 tables.

This programme is part of the KS2 Math Lesson Planning Pack on Algebra, which includes two lesson starters, one great lesson idea and a CPD discussion.

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