Learning By Topic KS2: Roald Dahl and Mathematics

For one week, read every day for an hour, record how many pages you read in that hour. Plot this information on a bar graph. Now interpret the data: on which day did you read the most amount of pages? On which day did you read the least amount of pages? What other information can be determined from the data?

Upper KS2: From the above data can you find the mean, median, range and mode?

Extension: can you convert and record the total amount of time spent reading from hours to minutes and then possibly even seconds?

Buy (or make) some chocolate of various 3D shapes (e.g. a block of Cadbury chocolate is a cuboid, a Toblerone is a triangular prism) and record the properties of these 3D shapes e.g. number of faces and vertices.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka offers a reward of a lifetime supply of chocolate. Let’s assume this is a chocolate bar a day for the average life span of 80 years, Charlie is 11 in the book. How many chocolate bars is included in that lifetime supply?

Roald Dahl in the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot during World War Two. Find the total number of British casualties in WWII. Now find out what the population of the UK was before war broke out, what percentage of the population died during WWII?

There were 5 Golden Tickets in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; if there were 100 000 bars packaged for this special promotion, what were the chances of finding a Golden Ticket?

Roald Dahl’s Writing Hut where he wrote many of his books is approximately 182 x 213 cm. Find the area and perimeter of the hut.