Exploring Wild & Wonderful Number Patterns

EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.

I'm Eight

Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.

Dice and Spinner Numbers

If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?

A Conversation Piece

A Conversation Piece

Why do this problem?

This problem offers a lot of practice of division as well as revision of ideas about prime numbers in a situation in which children want to get to the answer - much more fun than a page of calculations but just as much practice. It requires a calculator unless someone really relishes long division!

Key questions

Have you made a list of the first ten prime numbers?
Remember that $1$ is not a prime number.
Which number are you going to divide by first?
How will you know whether you have divided by that number already?

Possible extension

Learners who find it easy could be encouraged to invent their own similar problems which will give them practice with multiplication as well as division.