Equations - Are they easy, exciting or exceptionally difficult to solve?

Updated: Oct 31, 2021


By the time primary pupils get to key stage two, they will start to encounter problems and calculations involving algebra. Here is an example of a question involving key stage two algebra. Suitable for year 5, year 6 or year 7 maths pupils (and their parents or carers). Try solving the following equation.

What is the value of a?

2a + 5 = 85

What is the value of a?



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