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Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this
grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the
number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them
flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second.
How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the
red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the
numbers in the sets from these clues?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they
cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What
patterns could they see?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six
times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross
the times table too?
Look at the squares in this problem. What does the next square look
like? I draw a square with 81 little squares inside it. How long
and how wide is my square?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that
is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on
differently sized square grids.
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is
divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a
5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?