This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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. . . .
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
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
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?
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.
Make a spiral mobile.
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to
distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the
differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
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.
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.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?