The golden rule for tackling these challenges is for pupils to work with a partner or within a small group. My son in Year 5 said, when asked, “you won’t be able to do all the questions straight off, you need a partner to look at the questions in a different angle to you”. Although a keen playground footballer, he did actually stay inside one breaktime in order to complete a series of questions on simplifying fractions and converting them to decimals.
His class used them as extension work towards the end of a lesson on completion of the workbook. With some lessons in the workbook being a single page, this allowed all pupils to tackle some questions rather than it being the preserve of the fastest. Pupils teamed back up with those they had worked with during the anchor task and guided practice. Answers and ideas were then shared with the whole class.