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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH
website that could be suitable for students who have a good
understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take
on some. . . .
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
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?
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?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
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?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and
once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of
the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
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?
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 complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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.
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from
her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by
saying, "Well, how old are they?"
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with
the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50
times. What is the value of the digit M?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
The sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?