EdPlace's Year 7 home learning maths activity: Four Operations

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What's It All About?

We all love a bargain when shopping, don’t we?

In this activity, you will use your maths skills to investigate special offers when you go shopping, order a takeaway or go out for a meal.

Are you really saving money and getting a bargain?

Which shops offer the best discounts and value for money and which ones are simply too good to be true?


Learning objectives

1) Use a calculator and other technologies to calculate results accurately and then interpret them appropriately.

2) Use the four operations, including formal written methods, applied to integers and decimals.

3) Use standard units of mass, length, time, money and other measures, including with decimal quantities.




Why not keep a record of your savings all summer long? At the end of the summer, calculate your total savings. Which offer was the most generous? Were there any misleading offers where you didn’t save as much as you thought you would?

The best value offer was _______________________________

because __________________________________.

If you found any misleading offers, make a note of them here explaining why they were not as good value as they appeared. ____________________________________________________



Teachers Tips:

Teacher Tip 1:

Take away some savings! We all love a takeaway or a meal out so why not ‘subtract some savings’ while you enjoy a treat? Look out for ‘meal deals’ and set menus. Are they as good value as they seem? Work out the costs of all the items separately and compare it to the cost of the meal deal. Does it give good value and money saved or is it just a misleading offer?


Teacher Tip 2:

Back to school bargains. When stocking up for school supplies be careful to get the best deals on stationery. Research various suppliers for multibuys and discounts on the same products. Can you save money by teaming up with a friend to share the cost of a bulk buy? Is that ‘3 for 2’ on pens really a good idea? Encourage your child to work out the best deal and calculate savings before making those purchases.  


Teacher Tip 3:

Planning a family day out? Watch out for offers and discounts on treats and entrance fees. We all love a fun day out over the summer. Whether it’s a trip to a theme park or a day at the beach or park there are often offers and discounts to be had. Look out for family ticket prices and find out how much you could save compared to buying tickets separately. Buying in advance can also provide savings. Can your child plan a day out for the family saving money where possible?


Conclusion and Supporting EdPlace Activities

Once you’ve practised using your maths skills to shop smartly over the summer, try these EdPlace activities which all contain questions and challenges involving spotting the best bargains and calculating costs and money saved when shopping!

All activities are created by teachers and automatically marked. Plus, with an EdPlace subscription, we can automatically progress your child at a level that's right for them. Sending you progress reports along the way so you can track and measure progress, together - brilliant! 


Activity 1 - Money saving offers

This activity is at quite a basic level and gives a fabulous introduction to using division and calculator skills to investigate and understand saving money and spotting the better offer.


Activity 2 - Money off coupons

Money off coupons – This activity is a little trickier and includes using percentage discounts alongside money off coupons to calculate which discount offers the better saving.


Activity 3 - Multiplication of a two-digit number by an amount

Multiplication of a two-digit number by an amount – This activity is a great way to extend learning further and begin calculating mentally with amounts of money including decimals. An essential skill for shopping without your calculator and buying all those items where the prices end in 99!



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