Maths reasoning challenges

Poplar class are really enjoying maths challenges.  Today, we were put in pairs or threes and first asked to solve this:  Count-the-Dots-Reasoning-Problem

We decided the best way was to cross or tick the dots off as we counted.  One pair of children put a line through the middle and counted each half – great thinking!

Then, we tried this:  Two-Dice-Reasoning-Problem

We worked so hard at our maths, persevered and demonstrated excellent partner work with our friends.  We worked out the highest and lowest total you could make with a pair of dice but we didn’t quite work out how we will know when we’ve found all the possible combinations.  I wonder if anyone could work it out at home and help us?

Here are a few pictures: