Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to
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latest developments and questions.
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
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?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
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?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
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 task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they
usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many
altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
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?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
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?
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?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Put a number at the top of the machine and collect a number at the
bottom. What do you get? Which numbers get back to themselves?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and
lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children
buy with their money?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which
route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
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.
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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!
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number
system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a
look at the multiplications table.
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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways
of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.