Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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 complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
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?
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?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
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?