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Product Details – Extraordinary Maths – The Riddle of the Sphinx

Our resident archaeologist, Dr Colorado Smith, has returned from Egypt with some exciting news – she’s now collected all the clues required to solve the age old Riddle of the Sphinx – and open the Inner Sanctum in the Valley of the Kings. But as she can’t do it by herself, she’s on the lookout for schools to help her!

Featuring opening and closing assemblies, workshops and in-class challenges, The Riddle of the Sphinx takes pupils through three stages of mathematical thinking: concrete, pictorial and abstract. And while there’s a definite focus on “measurement”, the programme covers a whole range of other areas!


Who is it for?

You will find Maths resources here for all year groups from Reception/P1 to Year 6/P7. Each class teacher will be able to plan their own experience, using the age-appropriate activities.

Exploring: measurement, additive and multiplicative reasoning, patterns and sequences, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, money, time, Roman numerals, percentages, problem-solving – selected for each age group in line with curriculum objectives.


What is included?

All of the resources have been designed in line with curriculum requirements, differentiated from Reception to Year 6 / P1 – P7.  The package includes opening and closing films to support the narrative (featuring Dr Colorado herself), “flagship” PowerPoint challenges, themed maths worksheets (with master answer sheets for teachers) and themed literacy activities (with writing frameworks).

The pack includes:

  • Two short films from Dr Colorado Smith, to open and close the adventure
  • Seven PowerPoint-based, whole-class activities (one for each year group), exploring age-appropriate aspects of measurement
  • Printable Question and Answer Sheets for a range of measurement-based maths questions (all age-differentiated)
  • Two measurement-based literacy activities (with printable Writing Frameworks)


How does it work?

Once you have purchased the package you and your colleagues will have access to the whole bank of The Riddle of the Sphinx resources to use how and when you please. Class teachers can use the structure we have suggested, or work to one of their own.  Of course, you don’t have to use the resources as part of a whole-school event. You may want to offer the experience to one key stage, one year group, or even just one class.


Family Maths add on for £10

With any of Maths pack purchase, you can also choose to purchase Family Maths for just £10! (usually £45.00). Family Maths comprises a range of challenges for all the family, exploring ways in which we use maths all the time, without ever really thinking about it – and demonstrating just how easy it is to use almost any family activity as a springboard for a quick maths challenge.

All you need to do is put both items in your basket and the discount will be applied!


What people say

“We have had a brilliant week exploring Ancient Egypt. We solved brilliant literacy and numeracy challenge, Riddle of the Sphinx! Also excavated treasure and spelling words, built tombs, role-played Pharaohs and so much more!” Woodmuir Primary