In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?
I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
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?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
On Friday the magic plant was only 2 centimetres tall. Every day it doubled its height. How tall was it on Monday?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.
Use this information to work out whether the front or back wheel of this bicycle gets more wear and tear.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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 same height?
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
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?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.