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Broad Topics > Using, Applying and Reasoning about Mathematics > Visualising

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Baravelle

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

What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?

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A Square in a Circle

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

What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover this area?

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Inside Seven Squares

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

What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?

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Masterclass Ideas: Visualising

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

A package contains a set of resources designed to develop pupils' mathematical thinking. This package places a particular emphasis on “visualising” and is designed to meet the needs. . . .

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Clocking Off

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

I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?

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Square It

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

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

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Eight Hidden Squares

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

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

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Cubes Cut Into Four Pieces

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?

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Put Yourself in a Box

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

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Pattern Power

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.

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Wrapping Presents

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

Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.

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Square to L

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Find a way to cut a 4 by 4 square into only two pieces, then rejoin the two pieces to make an L shape 6 units high.

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Bands and Bridges: Bringing Topology Back

Stage: 2 and 3

Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.

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Zooming in on the Squares

Stage: 2 and 3

Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?

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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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Ten Hidden Squares

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

These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?

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Posting Triangles

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?

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Like a Circle in a Spiral

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

A cheap and simple toy with lots of mathematics. Can you interpret the images that are produced? Can you predict the pattern that will be produced using different wheels?

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Six to Four

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

Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.

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Start Cube Drilling

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?

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Three Squares

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

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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Sprouts

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

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

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Dicey

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game has a special dice with a colour spot on each face. These three pictures show different views of the same dice. What colour is opposite blue?

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Overlapping Again

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

What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.

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Diagrams

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

A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.

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Twice as Big?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

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Diagonal Dodge

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

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

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Endless Noughts and Crosses

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

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

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Tangram Paradox

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

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Auditorium Steps

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

What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?

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Square Corners

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

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

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How Many Pieces?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?

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Painted Faces

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?

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Square it for Two

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

Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

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Two Squared

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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How Many Pieces This Time?

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

How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?

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Introducing NRICH TWILGO

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

We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?

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3D Stacks

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

Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?

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Go Moku

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game for two players on a large squared space.

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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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Cube Drilling

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

Imagine a 4 by 4 by 4 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will not have holes drilled through them?

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World of Tan 18 - Soup

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

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

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Penta Play

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

A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.

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World of Tan 8 - Sports Car

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

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Fred the Class Robot

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

Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?

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Dice, Routes and Pathways

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .

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World of Tan 16 - Time Flies

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

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

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World of Tan 13 - A Storm in a Tea Cup

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

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World of Tan 6 - Junk

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

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

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Tangram Tangle

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?