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Day 4

The Challenge introduces the inverse relationship of counting on and counting back. Children should consider how to solve this problem and understand that they need to work backwards, considering what has already happened rather than what needs to happen. Use a Number track  to model solving the problem.


Recreate the board game scenario using a number track and allow the children to move counters forwards and backwards. Support children to break the problem down into more manageable steps where necessary. Ask them to choose a start number, move the counter 4 jumps forwards, then 4 squares backwards.

Ask: What do you notice? Where is the counter now? If you moved forwards 4, how many do you need to move back to get to your starting place?