Youth Hostel


Youth Hostel

Pupils work out the best way of allocating dorms at a Youth Hostel to a group of children and adults.

Practical details

National Curriculum levels 5 to 6
30 minutes to 1 hour
Ruler, pencil, calculator and 1 cm squared paper

Key Processes involved

Consider the total number of males and females staying at the Youth Hostel and the dormitories available
Work out the total number of males and females and how the numbers 12, 8 and 6 could be added to make the totals, taking into account the constraints
Interpreting and evaluating
Check that all the requirements are covered and consider whether other arrangements are possible
Show clearly that their solution works

Teacher guidance

Check that pupils understand the context, for example with questions such as:

  • Have you ever stayed at a Youth Hostel?
  • What is a ‘dormitory’ – or ‘dorm’?

Pupils can tackle this task in different ways, but they might be expected to:

  • add together the girls and women, and the boys and men
  • work out dorm numbers for the males and females separately
  • lay the results out clearly