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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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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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Making Maths: Archimedes' Spiral

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

Make a spiral mobile.

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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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Cubic Conundrum

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

Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?

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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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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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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: 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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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: 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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Making Maths: Triangular Ball

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a ball from triangles!

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Getting an Angle

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

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

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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: Be a Mathemagician

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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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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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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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: 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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First Forward Into Logo 2: Polygons

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

This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.

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First Forward Into Logo 12: Puzzling Sums

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

Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.

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Advent Calendar 2008

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

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

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Making Maths: Snowflakes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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How Tall?

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

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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When Will You Pay Me? Say the Bells of Old Bailey

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

Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

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Making Maths: Five-point Snowflake

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Factors and Multiples Game

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

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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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 8: More about Variables

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

Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.

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First Forward Into Logo 3: Repeat REPEAT

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

More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.

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First Forward Into Logo 9: Stars

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

Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.

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Cunning Card Trick

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

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

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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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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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Rolling Triangle

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

The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.