Holly Bush was in a rush. She was busy buying Christmas presents for all the animals in Jack’s beanstalk, when she bumped into the thrush. “No wonder that she was in such a flutter !”. There were hundreds of creepy crawlies on the branches and presents to wrap, the thrush agreed with with a mutter. Holly Bush trod on his toe – “Ouch !”, the thrush cried, reaching for the mistletoe. Holly Bush picked off a berry – it would be good for making wine, to help get the animals feeling merry ! She giggled out loud – Holly Bush was feeling quite tickled … and with her spikes, everything she prickled … Before long, she’d picked up a considerable amount of litter – there were crisps packets and bits of rubbish everywhere … the thrush counted them with a titter. Holly Bush stuck out like a sore thumb … singing Christmas carols with a very loud hum. Holly Bush picked up a brush – she swept all the leaves around Jack’s beanstalk until she started to flush. As she turned over, soon, her berries turned into mush and from the holly bush, raspberry wine started to gush. Mmmmmm, it tasted just fine … soon, dining on wine, all the animals in Jack’s beanstalk started to have a really good time. Christmas in Jack’s beanstalk had never been so much fun, as the day when Holly Bush made mulled wine (though none of the dwarves ever got anything done !) … because (needless to say), the wine was soon all gone !

Holly Bush’s Christmas Rush

In the story, circle all the words ending in the letters U – S – H.

Holly Bush’s Maths Game

1. If one holly bush contained 500 berries, how many berries were on five bushes ?2. If there were 10 branches on the holly bush, how many berries were on each branch of one bush ?3. There were 600 prickly leaves on the holly bush, but 5 % fell off. How many is that and how many were left ?

4. If each leaf contained six prickles, how many prickles is that on a bush with 200 leaves ?

5. Jack Beanstalk swept up 800 leaves from around the holly bushes. If there were 40 holly bushes, how many leaves had dropped from each bush ?

6. Holly Bush swept up two leaves with her brush every 10 minutes – how long, therefore, did she take to collect 100 leaves ? Give your answer in minutes and hours.

7. When Holly Bush sang, she sang 1 : 3 notes out of tune. How many notes did she sing out of tune in a song with 1, 200 notes in total ? and as a ratio ?

8. If Holly Bush bought presents for 60 of the creepy crawlies on Jack’s beanstalk and each took one and half minutes to wrap,

a) How long did it take to wrap them all ? Give your answer in seconds and minutes.

b) How long did it take to wrap one quarter ? Give your answer in seconds and minutes.

c) How long did it take to wrap 30 % ? Give your answer in seconds and minutes.

d) How long did it take to wrap 0.5 of them all ? Give your answer in seconds and minutes.

9. Holly Bush picked up three dead leaves on every one her prickles. How many prickles did she have if she picked up 300 leaves ?

10. When Holly Bush made wine, every 10 mls required 20 berries. How many berries did it take to make one litre of wine ?

11. Holly Bush poured out 30 glasses of wine for all the insects climbing up the trunk of Jack’s beanstalk. If each glass contained 50 mls, how much wine was drunk ?

12. Holly Bush rushed so much that she spilled 10 % of this wine – how much was left ?

13. If Holly Bush collected 1, 000 berries, but one basket could only hold 50 berries, how many baskets did she need ?

14. Holly Bush at 1 : 4 of the 1, 00 berries – how many is that ?

15. Holly Bush shared 3 litres of wine between 50 of the animals around Jack’s beanstalk, how much did each animal receive per glass ?

16. Holly Bush measured a berry. It was one fifth of the size of a leaf. If the leaf measured 5 cm, how big was the berry ?

17. Holly Bush slipped and accidentally trod on one sixth of the berries that she had collected. What percentage and decimal is that ? If she collected 600 berries, how many berries is that ?

18. 20% of the 200 berries collected by Holly Bush were mistletoe, the rest were holly. How many of each type of berry did she collect ? Give your answer as a ratio.

19. Holly Bush collected one quarter of her 2 000 berries before lunch. How many is that in the morning and in the afternoon ?

20. Holly Bush ate 5 berries for breakfast, lunch and tea every day. Write an algebraic equation to work out,

a) The total number of berries (called blt), how many berries are eaten in one week ?

b) Then solve the equation – how many of the 2000 collected berries were left after one week ?

Holly Leaf

ief or eaf ? which is the correct one to use ?

a person who steals something – th __ __ __

a bush or tree containing lots of leaves – l __ __ __ fy

head person – ch __ __ __

hard of hearing – d __ __ __

concise – br __ __ __

opinion – bel __ __ __

very loud – d __ __ __ ening

sorrow and despair – gr __ __ __

tissue and something you use to blow your nose – handkerch __ __ __

found on trees – l __ __ __

incredulity – disbel __ __ __

© Jacqueline Richards 2007Answers :1. 500 x 5 = 2, 500 berries

2. 500 / 10 = 50

3. a) 600 / 100 x 5 = 30 b) 600 – 30 = 570

4. 200 x 6 = 1, 200

5. 800 / 40 = 20

6. a) 10 (100 / 2 = 50) = 500 mins b) 500 / 60 = 8.3 hours

7. 1, 200 / 4 = 300 : 900

8. a) i ) 60 x 1.5 = 90 mins ii) 60 (60 x 1.5 = 90 mins) 5, 400 secs

b) i) 90 / 4 = 22.5 mins ii) 5,400 / 4 = 1, 350 secs

c) i) 1.5 (60 / 3 = 20) = 30 mins ii) 1, 800 secs

d) i) 90 / 2 = 45 mins ii) 45 x 60 = 2, 700 secs

9. 300 / 3 = 100

10. 20 (1000 / 10 = 100) = 2000

11. 3 x 50 = 150 mls

12. 150 – ( 150 / 100 x 10 = 15) = 135

13. 1000 / 50 = 20

14. 1, 000 / 5 = 200

15. 3, 000 / 50 = 60 mls

16. 5 / 5 = 1 cm

17. a) 16.6 % b) 0.16 c) 100

18. mistletoe – 200 / 100 x 20 = 40 ; holly – 200 – 40 = 160

19. a) 2000 / 4 = 500 b) 2000 – 500 = 1500

20. a) blt = 7( 5b + 5l + 5t) b) collected – eaten berries = 2000 – (7 (5 x 3) = 105) = 1, 895

Answers :

a person who steals something – thief

a bush or tree containing lots of leaves – leafy

head person – chief

hard of hearing – deaf

concise – brief

opinion – belief

very loud – deafening

sorrow and despair – grief

tissue and something you use to blow your nose – handkerchief

found on trees – leaf

incredulity – disbelief