In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by
the clue cards?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in
the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which
numbers will be loud?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
If you'd like to know more about Primary Maths Masterclasses, this
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region or how to set up your own.
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest
that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical
starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are
you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of
sticks that make the most triangles?
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week
in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees.
Who do you think is right?
Can you see which tile is the odd one out in this design? Using the
basic tile, can you make a repeating pattern to decorate our wall?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and
what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the
shapes in the picture?
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many
different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and
the 2 must not touch the table?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4
units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different
cuboids can you make?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of
the film using cut-out triangles?
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit
the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made
from the two pieces?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of
the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other
shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These
questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can
you help them record what happened?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a
go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.