The "Verruca Value" of a word is the number of vowels multiplied by the number on consonants in that word.

For example:

"Mathematics" is 28 (7 consonants, 4 vowels)

How many words can you find with a Verruca Value of 24?

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## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Factors | Vocabulary

• Y11 A and B group, Rawthorpe High
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• We found that it a valuable cross-curicular learning opportunity. We found properties, reflection and chocolates.

Merry xmas, Love Mr Heeley and Miss Jenkinson and Mr Newton

Ps sorry, I forgot Charlotte's experiment xx
• Grade 9 Girls, SRS, Dubai
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• We found substitute, proportion, triangular, expression, reciprocal and semicircle. Your starters are great!
• 1D2 and Mrs Simpson, Torry Academy, Aberdeen
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• 1D2 found these words:
PROPERTIES
PERCENTAGE
DICTIONARY
HORIZONTAL
GLENBERVIE
MULTIPLIED
We also think it is impossible to make 23 as 23 is a prime number
• 7 FP and Mrs Johnson, Stamord High School
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• We got cylindrical,estimating, remainders, arithmetic, multiplying, mysterious, millimetre, reversable, explosions......
......and they are still searching.
• 2D1 and Mrs Simpson, Torry Academy, Aberdeen
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• 2D1 found these
WHITEBOARD
TRIANGULAR
CORRECTION
MANSEFIELD
PENTAGONAL
POWERLINES
HYPOTENUSE
KIRKPATRICK
• Grade 9 Boys, SRS, Dubai
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• The boys class found understands, acceptable, restaurant, calculator, conversion, experiment and playgrounds.
• Liam Brady, Liz Halfpenny, Paige Wilkinson, Chelse, 8H from Harrytown, Stockport
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• We found Reflection, Triangular, Perimeters, Trapeziums, Percentage and Number Line.
• Class 5 6 A, St Catherines
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• It made maths fun and amusing!
• 9B2, Harrytown High School Stockport
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• Triangular, Number Line, Properties, Diagonally, Reflection, Times Table

from Alice, Alex, Jade, Verity, Ruby, Danielle
•
• 9Y2 found coursework, calculator, complexion, addictions, curriculum, incredible, chimpanzee, JordanMoat, DanielHall
• Ken Wcislo, Queen Anne High School , Dinfermline Fife
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• 2B1 found Kincardine, percentage,calculator, Stonehaven, Challengers, interseted, democratic,multiplied, excellence, perfection,memorandum,university, proprtion, directions, inventions
Great fun was had by all
• Christopher Vile, Clacton-on Sea
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• Christopher is a veruca number
• Mrs Humphreys' maths group, Nevill Road Junior School
•
• We got

detectives
porcupines
Netherlands
Luxemburg
Santa Claus
dictionary
Jesus Christ
Christingle
phone boxes
• Rebecca Jarvis, Mr Cassidy's Year 9 Maths Class, Northoxfordshire Academy, Banbury
•
• I found SUCCESSFULL. And Mr. Cassidy found Juggernaut.
• Rebecca Jarvis, Mr Cassidy's Year 9 Maths Class, Northoxfordshire Academy, Banbury
•
• I also found TOOTHPASTE!
• Year 7 Set 1 Maths, British School Muscat, Oman
•
• We really enjoyed this starter! The words we found were:
TRANSPARENT
TRANSLUCENT
PERCENTAGE
INCREDIBLE
MECHANICAL
HEMISPHERE
REFLECTION
EXPERIMENT
CALCULATOR
PROPERTIES
DUMBLEDORE
HARRY POTTER
LIM YONG SONG (THATS bRIAN!)
• Miss Cutshall's 8C Class, The International School of Luxembourg
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• Dear Mrs Humphreys' maths group, Nevill Road Junior School, We regret to inform you that you misspelled Luxembourg.
• 7S4, Kettlethorpe high school
•
• We got
CHALLENGING
TIMETABLES
PROPERTIES
CONTINUING
ATTENDANCE
ACTIVATING
AMBULANCES
ACCEPTABLE
CALCULATOR
• Mrs C Clark, 9ah/ma1, Mayfield School, Dagenham,Essex,
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• We found delivering, vocabulary, production, calculator, patchworks, Woodbridge, arithmetic, terminator, curriculum, university, percentage,altogether, shut ya mouf,
• Philip Nutt, Cheney School Oxford
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• 7b5 at Cheney, here in Oxford, got DICTIONARY, EXPRESSION, CALCULATOR, INCREDIBLE, CHOCOLATES, MULTIPLYING, APOCALYPSE, MANCUNIANS, THEATRICAL, PROFFESION, HYPNOTISING and, rather topically, DEPRESSION
• Jordan Bristow, Mr Cassidy's Year 11 Maths Class, Banbury
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• I found HEAVY METAL and Maxie realised that for 23 we could have AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAG!!!!
Amy said we shouldn't be allowed to put in geographical places!
• Kirsty Gull, Mr. Cassidy's Year 11 Maths Class, Banbury (again)
•
• I found fingernail
• Mr G, I&S
•
• 8DEF3 got the following words:
COMMISSION
ILLUSTRATE
WOODCUTTER
VOCABULARY.
• 8Y2 - With Miss Marsh, Bury Church Of England High School
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• We worked as a group and found
DIFFERENCE
CONTROLLERS
ASSEMBLIES
HORIZONTAL
PERIMETERS.
• 8Y3, Darrick Wood Secondary School, Orpington
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• We found:
Percentage
Perimeters
celebrated
vibrations
calculator
confidence
multiplying
university
trampoline
attendance.
•

• MIss Butler's Year 8 Class, Park Community School, Havant, Hants
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• We enjoyed this.
We found EASTENDERS, VALENTINES, HALLOWEENS, PERCENTAGE, TRIANGULAR, PERIMETERS, FOOTBALLER, NUMERATORS, CALCULATOR, FRIENDSHIPS, MULTIPLIED, ASSESSMENTS and EXPERIMENTS.
• Yr 7N5 Mrs Brown, Kennet School
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• We came up with
Turkey Meat
Jingle Bells
Big Rainbow.
• The National School, Nottingham, 9t3
•
• We found 24 and calculator, expressions, delivering, mathematic, pencil case, skateboard.
• P. Shouksmith, St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne
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• We found the following words:
Bookmarked
Experiment
Reflection
Pentagonal
Polyhedrons
Trampoline.
• D. Hickman Casey, 8E
•
• We found the following:
Calculater
Bobbuilder
Polyhedrons
Conrollers
Trampoline
We are great fans of this fantastic website. We use it every math lesson. And we all love it so much!!!!!
• Rhys , Daniel, Jordan ; Samantha, Grace Academy - Darlaston. Mr G's Yr10 Class
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• Triangular; Expression; Thirty-three; Transparent;.
• Mr Hamshaw-Hart's 10set 3, Beverley Grammar School
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• We found
MULTIPLIED
CENTIMETRES
TREEBEARD'S
TYPEWRITERS
SCIENTIFIC
RECTANGULAR
TERMINATOR
DOORFRAMES
and my name HAMSHAW-HART.
• St.Mary's Primary P6, Lanark Scotland
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• Hi, we are St.Mary's Primary school and our pri6 class got 106 words altogether and the people who got the most are Owen and Charlie with 32 words. Here are ten of them:
1.nursemaid
2.participle
3.dedicating
4.victualler
5.boatswains
6.attribute
7.accomplice
9.boulevards and vocabulary which Owen thought of in the playground and here are some warm up words, dictionary, chocolates and woodpecker.
• King's College - Murcia, Year 8
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• We loved this starter. In fact, it was difficult to stop!
difference
whiteboard
multiplied
evaluation
Cinderella
ambulances
fairytale
telephones
calculator
dictionary
university
Christopher.
• Nareen, Wareen
•
• I think this is amazing and is perfect. I found.
Whiteboard
Searchlight
Helicopter
calculator
University.
• Mr Sim & Mr Morrison's 1b, Elgin Academy
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• PERCENTAGE
EASTENDERS
NEIGHBOURS
CALCULATOR
PERCENTAGE
PROPERTIES
ARITHMETIC
CONVERSION
ROSS CUMMING (one of the class!).
• St .James, Yr 8 Set 5
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• Pencil case
Monumental.
Dictionary.
Theatrical.
Fosslized.
Light weight.
Tchtyosaur
Consider.:)
these are the wordsthat we found.
• 9A3, The Vyne School
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• Helicopter and dictionary.
• Margaret Bates, Wallasey School
•
• The activity was good fun and cooperation and competition took place. Quite compulsive!
• Mr Smith, East Lanarkshire
•
• We Got Transum.org, Hellraiser, twenty four, The Big Man, Good Times, Choco Cake, duck sauce, Prince Will, Cheey Toe, Hello Dude, Year Three, Year Eight and many more.
• Dulwich College Beijing, Mr Martin
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• This was definite 5 out of 5 great challenge lots of class merits earned!
We found 10 words.
5JM
Dulwich college Beijing.
• 7B2, The Vyne School
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• Dictionary
Despicable
Mathematic
Multiplied.
• Mr Matthews, 7aMa1, Conisborough College, Catford, Lewisham
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• 10 correct answers from my clever top set:
Reciprocal
Calculator
Multiplied
Percentage
Triangular
Decreasing
Increasing
Expression
Arithmetic
Subtracting.
• 1LF, Speyside High School
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• We had fun, but first we had to remind ourselves what vowels and consonants are. We found all these words:
RHINOCEROS
PROTRACTORS
DICLOFENAC (mum's migraine medicine!)
CANIS RUFUS (the proper name for a wolf it seems)
ANTISEPTIC
HARRY POTTER
RON WEASLEY
SANTA CLAUS
APPRENTICE
DICTIONARY
ASIA MCGILL (one of our class)
MRS FARQUHAR (our assistant).
• Miss Emerson, Great Yarmouth
•
• Class 6E found:
Pencilcase
Calculator
HelloKitty
Timestable
Rainforest
Apostrophe
Microphone
Collection
...and are still going!
• Mrs Shaw, 8L2
•
• 8L2 We found
Mathematic
Amplifiers
Polyhedrons
University
Specialist.
• 7S, Shrewsbury House School
•
• We found:
Multiplied
Musicality
Palindrome
Bookmarked
South Acton
Hammersmith
Accountant
Vocabulary
Now we are going to try and find words that have a score of 24 and have more vowels than consonants.
• 5/6PR, Murwillumbah, Australia
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• We really enjoyed this activity. We had heaps of words equalling 24 then we did 32. Tomorrow's challenge will be to find words equalling 36 and 42.
• Mr Toby Cardew, Grade 1/2 Nichols Point Primary School
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• We have a few here;
contribute
dictionary
expression
MovieWorld
sequencing
vocabulary
non-Fiction
remainders
chaimpanzee
calculator
permission
jellybeans
watermelon
rainforest
impossible
franchisee
confidence
experiment
production
continuing
aggression
altogether
restaurant
acceptable
tablespoon
arithmetic.
• 8A1, St Cecilia's RC High School
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• We found St Cecilia's, Santa Claus, Wonderlands, calculator, experiment, Jingle Bells, a Boxing Day, Isosceles and some names of some teachers and parents work too!
•

• Mr Saye, Castle Rock High School
•
• My year 7 group got the following words:
Calculator
reflection
expression
millilitre
millimetre
instruction
objectives
perfection
impossible
Bart Simpson works although we know it's two words!
• Year 8 Set 2, Dylan Thomas Community School, Swansea
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• Brilliant. we came up with:
analytical
linguistic
timetables
stratified
horizontal
multiplied
triangular
Archimedes
production
bendegedig (Welsh for brilliant)
Fforestfach (a place near Swansea)
properties
developing
Mathemateg (Welsh for mathematics)
privileges
privileged
curriculum
difference
multiplied
calculating
experiment.
• Josh,
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• Our homeschool got valentines, vegetables and halloweens:{only 3}.
• 7X2 - Miss Marsh's Group, Bury Church Of England High School
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• We found:
CATAPILLAR
PROTECTION
ALPHABETIC
CALCULATOR
PHOTOGRAPHS
MULTIPLYING
EVERYWHERE
DEMOCRATIC
SUBTRACTING
IMPOSSIBLE
NUMERATORS
MASTERMINDS
SEMICIRCLE
DICTIONARY
CONVERSION
PERCENTAGE.
• 7ax/Ma1, Alexandra Park School, London
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• We found:
multiplied
university
expression
experiment
qualifying
whiteboard
scientific
historians
convention
phenomenal
mandelbrats
disruption.
• 7ps/Ma2, Alexandra Park School, London
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• We got:
illustrate
skateboard
conclusion
multiplied
sequencing
homophones
qualifying
dictionary.
• Miss. Z Loi, Woodbridge High School
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• Rory McGowan found that Rory McGowan works...
Francesca was very lazy and found that Mathematic works.
• Matthew, Queensland, Australia
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• I found these words:
intestines
windowsills
vocabulary
dehydrating
references
commercial
hurricanes
demolished
suggestion
understands
dictionary
perfection
reviewing
excellence
battleships
saxophones
hypermarket.
• Y6 Ladies, Dorchester, St Birinus CE Primary
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• We think this was a very good activity!
• Miss Wallace, Colonel Frank Seely
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• 9F2 from Colonel Frank Seely found the words:
timestable
timetables
multiplying
calculator
simplifying
during a starter.
• Mr McK, CSSchool
•
• We're from Church Stretton in super sunny Shropshire and we totally rule at this.
We found:
Multiplied
Protractors
Percentage
Santa Claus
Melissa-Ann (a very famous person)
Subtracting
One Hundred
Playgrounds.
• Mr Wood And The Year 8 Alans (set 2), Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
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• Year 8 set 2 found:
Argentinians
Watermelon
Reflective
Geometrics
Phenomenal
Journalists
Netherlands
Shopkeeper
Elephants
Dimensions
Calculator
Hellokitty
Conclusion
Santaclaus
Triangular
Multiplied
Luxembourg
Expressive
Especially
Furthermore
Conclusive.
• Matt LAUD And The Year 9 Alans, Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
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• Multiplied
Triangular
Initiative
Fabulously
Calculator
FioranoGTB
Porterloos
Auspicious
Confidence
Twentythree
Crocodiles
Permission
Reflective
Switzerland
Helicopter
Scaffolding
Whiteboard
Vocabulary
Calculating
Algebraic
Instruments
Trampoline
Typewriters
Mathematic
Industrial
Fanfiction
Reasonable
Dictionary
Expression
Telephones
Excellence
We could go on, but we wouldn't want to bore you with excellence....
• Mr Wood And The 7Y1 Alans, Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
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• Rigorously
Pentagonal
Multiplied
Trapeziums
Dimensions
Archimedes
Stationery
Stationary
Scientific
Reflective
Permission
Santaclaus
Accredited
We could go on...
• Mrs Rogers, 9set4
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• We found:
Slothtastic
Santaclaus
reflective
calculator
whiteboard.
• Miss S, Chorley
•
• Great starter!
7N at St. Michaels found:
STRATEGIES
REASONABLY
CONVERSION
ORGANISERS
:).
•
• Class 6 found:
difference
theologist
attendance
We found it easier to find words with 4 vowels and 6 consonants.
• ISK Y8 Phoenix, Geoje, South Korea
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• We found:
hypotenuse
percentage
multiplied
maleficent
transition
horizontal
challenging
difference
pencil(case)
reflection.
• 7(1), Highfield School
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• We found: excitement, marvellous, transported, photography, chocolatey, dictionary, Donald Trump and Mr Quagmire. It also prompted a discussion on the ratio of consonants to vowels in words. We have one with 7:1.
• Mr Mansell, Minsthorpe CC
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• My Y7 class were doing very well, when someone piped up "Wouldn't it be great if Twenty Four had a Verucca Value of 24???"
So, we began an investigation into which numbers had a Verucca Value equal to their numerical value. :).
• 4/5L, Mr Lee
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• 4/5L found these words:
calculator
twenty-eight
one hundred
ninety-nine
thirty-eight
semi-circle
remainders
multiplied
triangular
twenty-seven
column graph
protractors.
• Y8 Phoenix 2019-20, International School Of Koje, Geoje Island, South Korea
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• We found:
calculated
connection
downtrodden
dictionary
production

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