Tudor maths weeks 1 and 2

This term I am working on the theme of Tudors with my year 4 class and have produced a number of puzzles and problems linked to this theme. I use the “Challenging more able pupils” problem solving book to help generate ideas, so you might recognise some of these problems from there. Let me know what you think.

Week 1 activities-Kings and Queens

Because kings and queens in Tudor times use roman numerals, we did a couple of activities to familiarise the children with them.

Roman numeral multiplication

Monarchy dates in roman numerals

We then looked at these activities to help children remember the names,  dates and a few facts about Tudor kings and queens (and Henry VIIIs wives) while solving logic problems.

Kings and Queens logic puzzles

King and Queens stamp puzzles

There was a good activity we found on Collaborativelearning.org about Henry VIII six wives.

In week 2 we looked more at Henry VIII and his interests.

We discovered he was a knight, and solved problems and puzzles about knights.

Knights of the garter (nicknames puzzle)

Knight mazes (number sequences)

We then looked at some of the things he did such as:

If you like the jousting activity, there is a wonderful game on mathplayground.com that uses the same strategy called “weigh the wangdoodles

We have planned four more weeks of similar Tudor maths. In addition to the word documents I have attached, I also have smart board files completed for most of the activities.

Other topics I have planned themes for are:



African animals


Keeping healthy

As a consultant, I also produced resources for Lincolnshire schools.

There is a link below to cross curricular planning for different year groups I did a few years ago now.

If there is anything you would like me to upload please post a comment and let me know.

Otherwise, I will upload some Egyptian problems and puzzles.


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    Nancy Pickford said,

    Thank you for this post, it was very interesting and inspiring; you have obviously put in a lot of work. I am trying to plan some ICT with my class book, also How to Train your Dragon. Apart from the obvious ‘powerpoint presentation’, do you have any ideas? Any links to coordinates and shapes would also be great. I will look and let you know if I find anything or have a fab idea at 3.30 am . . .
    Nancy, Hove

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    Madeline said,

    These are fantastic!!! Obviously a lot of time and effort! Thankyou so much for sharing – my children will love these activities!!
    Look forward to seeing what you come up with for Egyptian topic.
    Many thanks

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    josebjohn said,

    This is amazing stuff! I love the links with the Tudors. I’m focusing on Tudor maths and science this term and it’s great to get the ideas going for things to do. Thanks!

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    marek N said,

    This is astonishingly good – by far and away the best themed maths puzzles i have come across. Thanks you very much for sharing – it makes our lives so much easier!

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    Kerry said,

    Fantastic activities that have my group have loved as we were doing the Vikings! Thank you! Dare I ask..Do you do any Egyptian themed maths activities?

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      primarymaths said,

      Yes I do. I have uploaded some here and others on the TES website. If you search vicbobmac1, you will find my resources.

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    Val said,

    Thank you so much for these ideas! I am constantly trying to develop my maths curriculum links and you have really inspired me! I know the children will enjoy these activities!

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    Abi said,

    Have you posted your plan for using the year 4 viking maths anywhere please?

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      primarymaths said,

      No, but the puzzles are adapted from a book called challenges for more able pupils. If you search google for ‘finding all possibilities’ , ‘draft logic problems pack’ or ‘draft finding rules and describing patterns’ you will find very detailed plans for similar activities. Hope that helps.

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    Abi said,

    It is the axe throwing problem I am particularly interested in. I was trying to work out what to do in the input for all children and then how to extend for my top ability.

    • 15

      Abi said,

      Would that be finding all possibilities? Just googling now

    • 16

      primarymaths said,

      Search for ‘finding all possibilities’ problems. You will find planning for a puzzle called fireworks. You can also find similar problems called zids and zods, at the toyshop and bipods and tripods. To make the problem more challenging you can count in larger multiples, go further or give additional clues which lead the children to one solution.

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