Real life problem solving using scaling
Year 5 have been using their mathematics skills to solve problems. We found out that Murphy was going to grow to be 5 times his puppy size! We set about measuring him (which wasn't as easy at it sounds because he wanted to chew our rulers) and then scaled him up to 1:5 ratio.
Then we used our scaling skills on a pirate's treasure map and to solve a murder mystery case where the perimeter of a room that we had to scale up, was a vital clue.