In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their counters will land? What are the secret jumps they make with their counters?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding,
subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and
8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four
squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other
totals can you make?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use
numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so
that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the
same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to
help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to
use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it.
How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in
each pile was 15?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the
labels. Can you help relabel them?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one
behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it.
Can you work out the missing numbers?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone
numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a
sequence adding 2 each time?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
In sheep talk the only letters used are B and A. A sequence of
words is formed by following certain rules. What do you notice when
you count the letters in each word?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
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?