Coffee Machine Sale

Difficulty:
intermediate

Rating:
4-stars

GCSE Marks:
2-marks

GCSE Text:
A coffee machine was bought in a sale for £48. The sale offer was ‘40% off the original price’.

What was the original price of the coffee machine before any sale discount was applied?

Suggestions:
This is a quick video but one that requires students to understand ‘reverse percentages’. This is an important GCSE topic to grasp on both Foundation and Higher papers, so students must be able to identify how many percent was paid, and then work backwards to find the original price. This works well as either a consolidation or recap task, and normally takes students 2-3 minutes to solve.

Extension Ideas:
Teachers could extend the learning by considering:

  • What if the shop also applied a ‘10% off sale prices today’ deal for customers who register their email address.  What would the price have been instead of £48, and why isn’t that 50% off the original price?

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