Maths - Challenges
These get trickier as you go along!
Browse this page for some bonus fraction, decimals and percentage problems to solve:
These are printable for those who prefer to work on paper. There are lots of pages so I suggest you choose the pages you want to try and only print those.
Optional Maths Worksheets
How does faith help people when life gets hard?
Christians, Hindus and Muslims believe that if you ask for forgiveness and try to change your life and do good things, God will forgive you and wash away all of your sins. Humanists believe that human beings shape their own lives and have the responsibility of shaping their own lives in a way that is good. Muslims believe that God is telling them how they should live their lives through the Qu’ran.
Have a read of this article:
Kay Bajwa, a real estate agent in Washington, D.C., spends her time in quarantine praying five times a day and working with members of her mosque to find ways to help the less fortunate during these difficult times.
“This whole ordeal is bringing us closer together and closer to Allah,” she says. “Spending time praying and being with him is comforting.”
Bajwa is not alone in turning to her faith to weather life’s storms. Religion and belief are now seen by many as an important way to cope with stress thanks to research since 1990
Positive and negative aspects
Research shows that religion can help people cope with difficult times by:
- Encouraging them to reframe events through a hopeful lens. Positive religious reframing can help people get through stressful times by enabling them to see a tragedy as an opportunity to grow closer to a higher power or to improve their lives, as is the case with Bajwa.
- Developing a sense of connectedness. Some people see religion as making them part of something larger than themselves. This can happen through prayer or meditation, or through taking part in religious meetings, listening to spiritual music or even walking outside.
- Growing connection through rituals. Religious rituals and rites of passage can help people acknowledge that something big is taking place. These events often mark the beginning of something, as is the case with weddings, or the end of something, as is the case with funerals. They help guide and sustain people through life’s most difficult transitions.
“It is extremely important that people use their beliefs in a way that makes them feel empowered and hopeful,” says Thomas Plante, PhD, a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University. “Because it can be remarkably helpful in terms of managing stress during times like these.”
Unfortunately, religious beliefs may also undermine healing during stressful times. These negative religious expressions include:
- Feeling punished by God or feeling angry toward a higher being. Trauma and tragedy can challenge beliefs of God as all-loving and protective. As a result, some people struggle in their relationship with God and experience feelings of anger, abandonment or being punished by a higher power.
- Putting it all “in God’s hands.” When people believe God is in charge of their well-being they may not take the necessary steps to protect themselves. One example of this deferral is church leaders who say God will protect their congregations as they hold church services in defiance of physical distancing guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Takeaways for people of faith — and those without
Even though you cannot get together with people of your religion due to physical distancing rules, there are many ways to lift your spirits right now. You can play a spiritual or uplifting song, you can join fellow congregants on Zoom or you can decide to help other people by giving to those in need. Bajwa says she is inspired by both the practical and spiritual information she is getting during Zoom calls with members of her mosque.
“We are inviting doctors and financial advisors to hold seminars on key topics during our Zoom meetings, and they are giving us a lot of information that is helping us with all of the issues that are popping up during this difficult period,” she says. “Our leaders are combining the seminars with emotional and spiritual support, which is really helpful.”
The benefits of religion are not exclusive to believers. There are so many religious practices that are now used by non-believers. Yoga comes from Hinduism and mindful meditation from Buddhism, yet people of all belief systems now take part in these traditions.”
Atheists (people with no religious belief) and agnostics (people who are unsure what they believe) can seek inspiration in books, nature and by connecting with others.
Religion has been helping people get through hard times for thousands of years. “It’s tested and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Just read the psalms and you will see that it is all about people turning to God during troubled times.
For the following examples of a difficult time in life, using the article above, explain how a religious person could use their faith to help them cope.
1. An unwanted change, for example, moving house when you don't want to.
2. A time when you don't know what is going to happen, like when we didn't know when schools would re-open.
3. A friend turns their back on you.
Choose a time in your life that you found difficult. What helped you get through this? Did you use any of the positive or negative strategies from the article above? Explain your response to this difficult time in a paragraph.
Your task today is to evaluate your dream house.
In the last 2 weeks you should have finished making and decorating your dream house.
Have a look back over your design criteria (you wrote these on 5th June, page 6 of the printable).
- What I am designing and making (the product): A model of a dream house
- Who I am making it for (the users):
- What it is for and what it should do (its purpose/purposes): It is to be used by an architect to build a dream house
- How it is suitable for the person/people I am making it for (give 5 points):
For each bullet point, say whether your product fully meets, partially meets or does not meet the criteria and add a comment.
Now answer the following questions:
- Does your house have all the features you identified earlier? If not, why not?
- What do you like about your house?
- What could you improve about your house?
- How could you plan your work better in future projects?
- What have you learnt from doing this activity?
- Where else can you use these new skills?
- How well does your house work? Could you improve the way it works?
- How well is your house made? Could you improve the way it is made?
- How good does your house look? Could you improve the way it looks?
If you are following the printout this is pages 16-20