An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.