During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length
of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look
the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs
exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how
many lemons there are?
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework.
After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do
this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use
numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears,
yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways
could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
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?
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?
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?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
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?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
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?
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost 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?
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.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
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!
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
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?