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Primary Magazine - Issue 17: Up2d8 maths

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Primary Magazine Issue 17Babar Ali

Up2d8 maths

Babar Ali is an amazing 16-year-old who is headteacher of a school in India, with over 800 pupils and ten other teaching staff who are also students of around Babar’s age. He began his school for fun when he was nine years old, but now it is recognised by the Indian government. Babar has a passion for learning and passing his learning on to help young people get out of the poverty trap by being educated enough to get better jobs than the few on offer in his village and surrounding areas. We consider if it is right that he is a headteacher at such a young age and whether what he is doing is helpful to his country.
This resource provides ideas that you can adapt to fit your classroom and your learners as appropriate.

coloured cube, rupee, india map, calculator, 70p

In addition to the ideas on the spread, here are some more that you could adapt and try:

  • when considering favourite subjects, you could use multilink with a colour to represent a subject area –  e.g. number, music, reading – and ask the children to choose the colour to represent their favourite: put the like-coloured cubes together in towers, place them side by side, count how many chose each and then find totals and differences. Alternatively, use a picture to represent each subject area and construct a pictogram
  • have some catalogues available (e.g. Argos) and ask the children to choose a toy and find out how much it would cost in rupees. Make this accessible to most ages and abilities by rounding prices and exchange rates as appropriate
  • compare the average daily wage in West Bengal (70p) to the national minimum hourly wage of someone over 22 in the UK (£5.80). Work out how much that would be for a seven-hour day. Make up a table to show the comparisons for a day, week, month etc
  • the children could make a model of a classroom, which could include making relevant 3D shapes
  • use the table below to explore equivalent costs of the different items by converting rupees, dollars and euros into sterling. This would be a good opportunity to practise the use of a calculator
  • ask them to use the table to make up and cost a menu for a day for a family of, say, four. They could do this for an imaginary Indian family within a budget of 70p, keeping some change to save for other essentials like clothing
drinks - cup of white coffee Rs 10.00 $0.20 €0.16
drinks - cup of masala tea Rs 10.00 $0.20 €0.16
drinks - glass of sweet lassi Rs 25.00 $0.50 €0.40
drinks - drinking water Besleri (1 litre bottle) Rs 20.00 $0.40 €0.32
drinks - drinking water Bisleri/Kingfisher (19 litres) Rs 70.00 $1.41 €1.11
drinks - soft drink (Pepsi/Coca Cola, 1.5 litre) Rs 30.00 $0.61 €0.48
drinks - milk tetrapak, Nestlé (1 litre) Rs 37.00 $0.75 €0.59
drinks - juices (orange/apple, 1 litre) Rs 60.00 $1.21 €0.95
food - eggs (20) Rp 12.00 $0.24 €.019
food - bread/roti chapati per piece (12") Rp 10.00 $0.20 €0.16
food - local dessert (Bebinca) Rp 25.00 $0.50 €0.40
food - local restaurant small meal, vegetable thali Rp 35.00 $0.71 €0.56
food - local meal, curry with bread Rp 40.00 $0.81 €0.64
food - local meal, aloo gobi (potato with cauliflower) Rp 45.00 $0.91 €0.72
food - local meal, vegetable masala with bread Rp 60.00 $1.21 €0.95
food - local meal, chicken/fish masala with bread Rp 85.00 $1.71 €1.35
food - white rice (1kg basmati) Rp 70.00 $1.41 €1.11
food - vegetables, potatoes (1kg) Rp 50.00 $1.01 €0.80
food - vegetables, tomatoes (1kg) Rp 50.00 $1.01 €0.80
food - fruits, pineapple/papaya/kiwi (each) Rp 20.00 $0.40 €0.32
  • ask your headteacher how much it costs to run your school for the day. Work out how much this works out for each child – use a calculator to help. How many children could go to school with Babar Ali for that amount?
  • would you like to be headteacher of your school? Not just for a day, but everyday. Interview your headteacher about how long s/he spends working each day (both at home and at school), whether or not s/he comes into school in the holidays etc. before deciding.

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