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Counter Ideas

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Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

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Making Maths: Making a Tangram

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

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Paper Curves

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This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.

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A Patchwork Piece

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

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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?

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Making Maths: Stars

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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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.

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Straight to Curves

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

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

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Midpoint Triangle

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Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

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The Numbers Give the Design

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

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Making Maths: Link-a-cube

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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.

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Making Maths: Triangular Ball

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Make a ball from triangles!

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Domino Sets

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How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

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Making Maths: Make a Magic Circle

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Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

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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.

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Reef and Granny

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Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

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Car Journey

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.

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Making Tangrams

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Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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Making Maths: Five-point Snowflake

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Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

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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.

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Making Maths: Rolypoly

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

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

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Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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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.

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Making Maths: Snowflakes

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It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

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Folding

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

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

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Hoops/rope

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

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World of Tan 19 - Working Men

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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World of Tan 18 - Soup

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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World of Tan 20 - Fractions

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

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World of Tan 16 - Time Flies

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

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World of Tan 15 - Millennia

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

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World of Tan 21 - Almost There Now

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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Little Boxes

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How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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Regular Rings 1

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Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?

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World of Tan 7 - Gat Marn

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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World of Tan 9 - Animals

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

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World of Tan 12 - All in a Fluff

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

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World of Tan 11 - the Past, Present and Future

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

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World of Tan 14 - Celebrations

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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World of Tan 27 - Sharing

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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Jomista Mat

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

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Triangle Shapes

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

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

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Triangular Faces

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This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

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Building Patterns

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

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Cutting Corners

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Advent Calendar 2006

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Fractional Triangles

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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Construct-o-straws

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Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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Folding, Cutting and Punching

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?