Working Systematically

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Working Systematically

The tasks in this feature are designed to encourage children to work systematically - a valuable tool frequently used by mathematicians.  We would love to receive solutions from your learners.  Click the 'Submit a solution' link on any live problem to find out the closing date.

Encouraging Primary Children to Work Systematically link

Encouraging Primary Children to Work Systematically 

Stage: Early years, 1 and 2

This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.

Sort the Street link

Sort the Street 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?

Two Dice link

Two Dice 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.

Three Ball Line Up link

Three Ball Line Up 

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

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

Growing Garlic link

Growing Garlic 

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

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

A Mixed-up Clock link

A Mixed-up Clock 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?

Factor Lines link

Factor Lines 

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

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Sealed Solution link

Sealed Solution 

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

Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?