This article, written for teachers, looks at the different kinds of
recordings encountered in Primary Mathematics lessons and the
importance of not jumping to conclusions!
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had
made the highest even number?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
A school song book contains 700 songs. The numbers of the songs are displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is the minimum number of small boards that is needed?
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this
grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the
number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.
This article for the young and old talks about the origins of our number system and the important role zero has to play in it.
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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?
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?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
How would you create the largest possible two-digit even number from the digit I've given you and one of your choice?
These spinners will give you the tens and unit digits of a number. Can you choose sets of numbers to collect so that you spin six numbers belonging to your sets in as few spins as possible?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
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?
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?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Lee was writing all the counting numbers from 1 to 20. She stopped
for a rest after writing seventeen digits. What was the last number
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.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
A church hymn book contains 700 hymns. The numbers of the hymns are
displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is
the minimum number of small boards that is needed?
I am less than 25. My ones digit is twice my tens digit. My digits add up to an even number.
Nowadays the calculator is very familiar to many of us. What did
people do to save time working out more difficult problems before
the calculator existed?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Marion Bond recommends that children should be allowed to use
'apparatus', so that they can physically handle the numbers
involved in their calculations, for longer, or across a wider
ability band,. . . .