Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple and the weights from the picture?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
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.
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
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?
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'.
Take the number 6 469 693 230 and divide it by the first ten prime numbers and you'll find the most beautiful, most magic of all numbers. What is it?
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?
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?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
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?
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?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
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.
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
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?
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!
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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 number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.