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Solve Word Problems and Puzzles

In this worksheet, students will revise and practise sequencing, negative numbers, fractions and proportion to answer a range of word problems and puzzles.

'Solve Word Problems and Puzzles' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Four Operations for All Numbers

Popular topics:   Ratio worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

Sometimes in maths, we are faced with word problems, which can confuse us as we are used to numbers! 


When we see these we need to look past the words and think about the maths that we know that can help us to solve the question.


Confused Little Girl


Have a look at an example of a word problem below... look familiar?



In a room full of people, 1/8 of them wear glasses.

1/6 of them wear contact lenses, and the rest have perfect eyesight.

What fraction of them have perfect eyesight?


boy with silly expression



1/8 + 1/6 =

3/24 + 4/24 = 7/24


24/24 - 7/24 = 17/24


So 17/24 have perfect eyesight.


child's eye


Let's have a go at some different word problems in this activity - remember, always think carefully about what you are being asked to do!

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