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We had a good number of solutions sent in for this challenge. There were also some good descriptions as to how you did it and some recording ideas for everyone to see.

First from Ellie at Stanley Park Junior School:

There are 20 biscuits.

0= Biscuits

O= Cherry

\= Chocolate Buttons

D= Icing

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

D D D D D D D D D D

O O O O O O

\ \ \ \ \

Seven have nothing on.

Next, from Brampton Primary School, we had two emails sent in.

First from Toby;

Secondly from Brampton we have Georgia and Joe:

Two Alfies at Christ the King Catholic Primary School wrote:

There is one biscuit with all three decorations on....it is biscuit 12

This is because it is in the 2, 3 and 4 times table.

Miss Martin bought us biscuits, cherries and buttons and we put 20 biscuits in a line.

We followed the instructions on the problem. We noticed it was a number

pattern.

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18

4, 8, 12, 16, 20

There are some biscuits with nothing on. 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19

Next JJ, JU, IA and DM at Ardley Hill Academy, Dunstable, sent in the following creative account of what happened:

Cookie problem

JU said “We stuck 20 pieces of paper in our books and numbered them.”

IA said “Then we drew a circle on every 2nd one for the icing.”

JJ said “Then we drew a red dot on every 3rd one for the cherries.”

“What about the brown dot on every 4th one for the chocolate button,” said DM.

IA said, “We found that only odd numbers have no icing on.”

“Even numbers all have some decoration on,” said JJ.

“There was nothing on 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 and 19,” they read out.

“They are all odd numbers,” said JU”.

“But some are missing” added DM.

“Number 12 got all decorations.” They all agreed.

Then Mrs Clarke helped us to draw a Venn Diagram.

After this we tried it with real biscuits using “randoms” instead of cherries!!!

Lastly, we had the following from Aymen at Arnhem Wharf School:

I drew pictures of the biscuits. I used a key to then show all the decorations. I then counted all the biscuits that did not have decorations.

Well done all of you and thanks for sending in your recordings and explanations. We look forward to seeing other solutions you send in in the future.

First from Ellie at Stanley Park Junior School:

There are 20 biscuits.

0= Biscuits

O= Cherry

\= Chocolate Buttons

D= Icing

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

D D D D D D D D D D

O O O O O O

\ \ \ \ \

Seven have nothing on.

Next, from Brampton Primary School, we had two emails sent in.

First from Toby;

Secondly from Brampton we have Georgia and Joe:

Two Alfies at Christ the King Catholic Primary School wrote:

There is one biscuit with all three decorations on....it is biscuit 12

This is because it is in the 2, 3 and 4 times table.

Miss Martin bought us biscuits, cherries and buttons and we put 20 biscuits in a line.

We followed the instructions on the problem. We noticed it was a number

pattern.

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18

4, 8, 12, 16, 20

There are some biscuits with nothing on. 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19

Next JJ, JU, IA and DM at Ardley Hill Academy, Dunstable, sent in the following creative account of what happened:

Cookie problem

JU said “We stuck 20 pieces of paper in our books and numbered them.”

IA said “Then we drew a circle on every 2nd one for the icing.”

JJ said “Then we drew a red dot on every 3rd one for the cherries.”

“What about the brown dot on every 4th one for the chocolate button,” said DM.

IA said, “We found that only odd numbers have no icing on.”

“Even numbers all have some decoration on,” said JJ.

“There was nothing on 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 and 19,” they read out.

“They are all odd numbers,” said JU”.

“But some are missing” added DM.

“Number 12 got all decorations.” They all agreed.

Then Mrs Clarke helped us to draw a Venn Diagram.

After this we tried it with real biscuits using “randoms” instead of cherries!!!

Lastly, we had the following from Aymen at Arnhem Wharf School:

I drew pictures of the biscuits. I used a key to then show all the decorations. I then counted all the biscuits that did not have decorations.

Well done all of you and thanks for sending in your recordings and explanations. We look forward to seeing other solutions you send in in the future.

Lee was writing all the counting numbers from 1 to 20. She stopped for a rest after writing seventeen digits. What was the last number she wrote?