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Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

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Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.

Folding

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What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?

Egyptian Rope

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The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

Making Maths: Kites and Darts

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Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

Making Maths: Making a Tangram

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Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.

Making Maths: Make a Magic Circle

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Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

Getting an Angle

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How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?

Making Maths: Clinometer

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Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.

Making Maths: Triangular Ball

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Make a ball from triangles!

Making Maths: Equilateral Triangle Folding

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Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.

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Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.

Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

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Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

Hexagon Transformations

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Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!

Making Maths: Stars

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Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

Straight to Curves

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How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

Fit These Shapes

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What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?

This Fencing

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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Cover the Tray

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These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Putting Two and Two Together

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In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

Triangle Relations

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What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

Tri.'s

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How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?

Sticks and Triangles

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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?

Hoops/rope

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Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

Making Rectangles, Making Squares

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How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?

Making Maths: A-maze-ing

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Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

Two Squared

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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?

Fencing

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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

A Patchwork Piece

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Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

Three Sets of Cubes, Two Surfaces

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How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Masterclasses Information

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If you'd like to know more about Primary Maths Masterclasses, this is the package to read! Find out about current groups in your region or how to set up your own.

Order the Changes

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Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

Polydron

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This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

It's a Tie

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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?

Four Layers

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Can you create more models that follow these rules?

Making Maths: String and Circles

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You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of hammer, nails and string.

Sea Defences

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These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?

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NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Cutting Corners

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Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Triangle Shapes

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This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

Marbles

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I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?

World of Tan 28 - Concentrating on Coordinates

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

World of Tan 29 - the Telephone

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

Map Folding

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Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

World of Tan 26 - Old Chestnut

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

World of Tan 25 - Pentominoes

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

Notes on a Triangle

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Can you describe what happens in this film?

Two on Five

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

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?

Making Maths: Indian Window Screen

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Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?

Making Cuboids

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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?

World of Tan 4 - Monday Morning

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?