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Meet ‘Mully Multiple’! He is known as Mully for short. Mully likes to explore and to hide. He likes to hide behind the biggest multiple of a number he can find. ‘Where’s Mully?’ is a Big Maths game.
The objective is to find where Mully is hiding. As an activity to significantly enhance numeracy, it is about extending children’s knowledge of multiples and how known multiples can be added to other known multiples to find new multiples. Children are asked to find Mully by identifying the largest multiple of a given number yet staying in the parameters of a limited maximum number.
Have a look at these numbers from 1 to 40. Mully is hiding behind the biggest multiple of 3 here! Can you say where he is hiding?
There are three questions that support the ‘Where’s Mully?’ concept and they are:
1. Where is Mully hiding?
This extends multiplication skills and leads the child into a process for solving division.
2. Which multiple is it (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and how do you know?
This provides the answer to the actual division question, in the example given above it is the 13th multiple, i.e. the division answer is 13… and it is probably ascertained by knowing 30 is 10 lots of 3 and that leaves 10 more which can accommodate another 3 lots of 3
3. What is the gap from where he is hiding to the largest number possible?
This is the remainder (in this case 1).
‘Where’s Mully?’ has a jingle that can be played as the game is introduced and it has a 5 step progress drive that can be shared with children.