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Back to the Practical?

Stage: 2 and 3

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. . . .

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Enigma

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.

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Making Maths: Clinometer

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Well Balanced

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.

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Making Maths: Celtic Knot Tiles

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques

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Making Maths: Walking Through a Playing Card?

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?

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Plaiting and Braiding

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.

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Making Maths: Archimedes' Spiral

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a spiral mobile.

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Making Maths: String and Circles

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Celtic Knotwork Patterns

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

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Making Maths: Equilateral Triangle Folding

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Tangram Pictures

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

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

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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Order the Changes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Making Maths: Snake Pits

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game to make and play based on the number line.

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Muggles, Logo and Gradients

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.

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This Fencing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Making Maths: Making a Tangram

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Making Maths: Kites and Darts

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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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Turning the Place Over

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?

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Plaited Origami Polyhedra

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

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Making Maths: Triangular Ball

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a ball from triangles!

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Making Maths: Link-a-cube

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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: Make a Pendulum

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?

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Masterclasses Information

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

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.

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Amazing Card Trick

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

How is it possible to predict the card?

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Hoops/rope

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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The Best Card Trick?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?

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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: Be a Mathemagician

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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Making Maths: A-maze-ing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Making Rectangles, Making Squares

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

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

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Making Maths: Make a Magic Circle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

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Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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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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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First Forward Into Logo 4: Circles

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?

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It's a Tie

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

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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First Forward Into Logo 6: Variables and Procedures

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.

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Cereal Packets

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

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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Sticks and Triangles

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

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?

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First Forward Into Logo 11: Sequences

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.

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Putting Two and Two Together

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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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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Triangles to Tetrahedra

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

Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can you make? Convince us you have found them all.

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Map Folding

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

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?

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Egyptian Rope

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

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?

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Nine Colours

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

You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.

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Cool as Ice

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.

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Sea Defences

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

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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Little Boxes

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

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