Maths Code Breaker - Hoax Calls


Whether covering the topic of keeping safe in PSHE or looking for a unique maths activity to challenge and motivate, this resource is perfect. Challenge children to crack the code and reveal the hidden fire safety message.  This engaging code breaker activity provides children with the opportunity to practise their maths skills as well as utilising their reading skills.  The hidden safety message within this activity is a great way of reminding children that they should never ring 999 unless it is a real emergency.

How To Use

Encourage children to engage in their maths learning with this fun cross-curricular activity.  Children need to solve the calculations and and once they know the answer, find the letter in the code.  Once all letters have been found, the hidden message will be revealed.  This resource links to the PSHE 'Keeping safe' unit of work and can be used to support learning about the consequences of making a hoax call to the emergency services. Please note that many children may not have heard the term 'hoax call' before and may instead know it as a 'prank call' or a 'fake call' for example, so it is important to explain what a hoax call is, before discussing the consequences.  The hidden message could also be used as a stimulus for discussions around situations when it is appropriate to call 999 and when it is not.  For those children who may find this activity too much of a challenge, they can still join in the code breaker fun by attempting the 'Fire Safety Code Buster (Hoax Calls)' activity which is pinned below as 'Resource 1'.

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