Teacher Primary Feature Recording

This collection of activities offers an opportunity for you to focus on children's own creative representations and recordings. Read the article to find out why we have selected these particular tasks. Click the 'Submit a solution' link on any live problem to find out the closing date.

Primary Children's Mathematical Recording link

Primary Children's Mathematical Recording 

Stage: Early years, 1 and 2

This article for teachers outlines different types of recording, depending on the purpose and audience.

What Was in the Box? link

What Was in the Box? 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This big box adds something to any number that goes into it. If you know the numbers that come out, what addition might be going on in the box?

6 Beads link

6 Beads 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

Eggs in Baskets link

Eggs in Baskets 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?

The Amazing Splitting Plant link

The Amazing Splitting Plant 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?

School Fair Necklaces link

School Fair Necklaces 

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How many possible necklaces can you find? And how do you know you've found them all?

What's in the Box? link

What's in the Box? 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?

Domino Square link

Domino Square 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.

Money Bags link

Money Bags 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?

Dice in a Corner link

Dice in a Corner 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?