**This activity includes detailed plans (including objectives and ideas for extension work) for three lessons about magic squares.**The key resource is an interactive spreadsheet which allows pupils to investigate magic squares.

Year 8 Objectives covered:

- Use simple formulae from mathematics and other subjects; substitute positive integers into simple linear expressions and formulae and, in simple cases, derive a formula
- Use logical argument to establish the truth of a statement; give solutions to an appropriate degree of accuracy in the context of the problem
- Present and interpret solutions in the context of the original problem; explain and justify methods and conclusions, orally and in writing
- Use letter symbols to represent unknown numbers or variables; know the meanings of the words term, expression and equation
- Understand that algebraic operations follow the same conventions and order as arithmetic operations

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