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  1. Rhys Pritchard says:

    Why not also use this game for revisiting equivalent percentages and decimals as well as working out ratios. Simply get each player to roll a die and which ever number they get tells them how many throws they can have. Pupils can then work out the ratio of scores to misses, the probabilities of each player scoring as a decimal or fraction and work out the percentage success rate of each player. You can even make it into a tournament.

  2. I also like the experiment where you only need a pencil and a sheet of paper with some lines drawn on it, and you let the pencil fall many times and count the number of lines it crosses. I don’t remember the details, but somehow you can determine the value of Pi using this technique.

  3. Nick Tiley-Nunn says:

    I have done this but with the addition of giving certain pupils the task of changing one variable e.g moving the bin closer, facing the other direction, to either increase or decrease the probability of the class getting the paper in the bin. Some of the changes they made were very creative.