Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the
direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the
path it's already made.
Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which
seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the
foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st,
2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice
about the answers?
If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different
ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16
pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these
pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
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?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a
go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network
following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with
any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
"Tell me the next two numbers in each of these seven minor spells",
chanted the Mathemagician, "And the great spell will crumble away!"
Can you help Anna and David break the spell?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain
why are they called pyramid numbers?
Explore one of these five pictures.
Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they
cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What
patterns could they see?
Investigate the successive areas of light blue in these diagrams.
July 1st 2001 was on a Sunday. July 1st 2002 was on a Monday. When
did July 1st fall on a Monday again?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Square numbers can be represented on the seven-clock (representing these numbers modulo 7). This works like the days of the week.
A story for students about adding powers of integers - with a festive twist.
Alison, Bernard and Charlie have been exploring sequences of odd and even numbers, which raise some intriguing questions...
Choose any 4 whole numbers and take the difference between
consecutive numbers, ending with the difference between the first
and the last numbers. What happens when you repeat this process
over and. . . .
Liitle Millennium Man was born on Saturday 1st January 2000 and he will retire on the first Saturday 1st January that occurs after his 60th birthday. How old will he be when he retires?
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge
invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes
I've used. Can you see any patterns?
Make some intricate patterns in LOGO
Here are some circle bugs to try to replicate with some elegant
programming, plus some sequences generated elegantly in LOGO.
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What
are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
A introduction to how patterns can be deceiving, and what is and is not a proof.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?
There are lots of ideas to explore in these sequences of ordered
This article for teachers describes the exchanges on an email talk list about ideas for an investigation which has the sum of the squares as its solution.
A tower of squares is built inside a right angled isosceles
triangle. The largest square stands on the hypotenuse. What
fraction of the area of the triangle is covered by the series of
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?