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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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.
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
If there is a ring of six chairs and thirty children must either
sit on a chair or stand behind one, how many children will be
behind each chair?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
You can make a calculator count for you by any number you choose.
You can count by ones to reach 24. You can count by twos to reach
24. What else can you count by to reach 24?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.