Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
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?
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.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next
hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What
are the possible paths you could take?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
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?
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?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
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?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?