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I am doing a placement in year 6 primary school. We came on to maths (supposedly my specialist subject).

The kids were given these questions:

sequence of 1, 3, 6, 10

Find the next in the sequence and then find the formula.

I managed it after some working out but this seemed insanely advanced for 11 year olds? Or is this the norm.

A couple of the sequences were a little easier such as 3,5,7,9 etc others were also hard.

Another being 0,2,6,12.

The kids were given these questions:

sequence of 1, 3, 6, 10

Find the next in the sequence and then find the formula.

I managed it after some working out but this seemed insanely advanced for 11 year olds? Or is this the norm.

A couple of the sequences were a little easier such as 3,5,7,9 etc others were also hard.

Another being 0,2,6,12.

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I am doing a placement in year 6 primary school. We came on to maths (supposedly my specialist subject).

The kids were given these questions:

sequence of 1, 3, 6, 10

Find the next in the sequence and then find the formula.

I managed it after some working out but this seemed insanely advanced for 11 year olds? Or is this the norm.

A couple of the sequences were a little easier such as 3,5,7,9 etc others were also hard.

Another being 0,2,6,12.

**skeptical_john**)I am doing a placement in year 6 primary school. We came on to maths (supposedly my specialist subject).

The kids were given these questions:

sequence of 1, 3, 6, 10

Find the next in the sequence and then find the formula.

I managed it after some working out but this seemed insanely advanced for 11 year olds? Or is this the norm.

A couple of the sequences were a little easier such as 3,5,7,9 etc others were also hard.

Another being 0,2,6,12.

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I am doing a placement in year 6 primary school. We came on to maths (supposedly my specialist subject).

The kids were given these questions:

sequence of 1, 3, 6, 10

Find the next in the sequence and then find the formula.

I managed it after some working out but this seemed insanely advanced for 11 year olds? Or is this the norm.

A couple of the sequences were a little easier such as 3,5,7,9 etc others were also hard.

Another being 0,2,6,12.

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Not really advanced? I think it's pretty easy and OK for them.

**Awais_**)Not really advanced? I think it's pretty easy and OK for them.

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While it's easy to see the pattern for both sequences, the nth term (i.e. the formula of the sequence) would be quadratic which is covered at GCSE

**Big Gibb**)While it's easy to see the pattern for both sequences, the nth term (i.e. the formula of the sequence) would be quadratic which is covered at GCSE

For instance the question was:

If everybody shook each others hand in a group of 4 how many would this be. Then for 5 and 6.

The other was about the number of people sitting at a table which got bigger everytime.

A bit more research and you could get these on key stage 3 so its perhaps not as shocking as I thought. I think the problem lies with more with how they were worded. wished I'd kept one for reference.

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I have actually made these seem a bit easier than they were presented (as real word problems)

For instance the question was:

If everybody shook each others hand in a group of 4 how many would this be. Then for 5 and 6.

The other was about the number of people sitting at a table which got bigger everytime.

A bit more research and you could get these on key stage 3 so its perhaps not as shocking as I thought. I think the problem lies with more with how they were worded. wished I'd kept one for reference.

**skeptical_john**)I have actually made these seem a bit easier than they were presented (as real word problems)

For instance the question was:

If everybody shook each others hand in a group of 4 how many would this be. Then for 5 and 6.

The other was about the number of people sitting at a table which got bigger everytime.

A bit more research and you could get these on key stage 3 so its perhaps not as shocking as I thought. I think the problem lies with more with how they were worded. wished I'd kept one for reference.

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Not really. I did such things at primary school.

Even basic algebra was covered though I did not realise.

Instead of saying , they'd say or give word problems about mystery amounts of money.

Even basic algebra was covered though I did not realise.

Instead of saying , they'd say or give word problems about mystery amounts of money.

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I am doing a placement in year 6 primary school. We came on to maths (supposedly my specialist subject).

The kids were given these questions:

sequence of 1, 3, 6, 10

Find the next in the sequence and then find the formula.

I managed it after some working out but this seemed insanely advanced for 11 year olds? Or is this the norm.

A couple of the sequences were a little easier such as 3,5,7,9 etc others were also hard.

Another being 0,2,6,12.

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**skeptical_john**)

I am doing a placement in year 6 primary school. We came on to maths (supposedly my specialist subject).

The kids were given these questions:

sequence of 1, 3, 6, 10

Find the next in the sequence and then find the formula.

I managed it after some working out but this seemed insanely advanced for 11 year olds? Or is this the norm.

A couple of the sequences were a little easier such as 3,5,7,9 etc others were also hard.

Another being 0,2,6,12.

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