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?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Choose two digits and arrange them to make two double-digit
numbers. Now add your double-digit numbers. Now add your single
digit numbers. Divide your double-digit answer by your single-digit
answer. . . .
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.
There are two forms of counting on Vuvv - Zios count in base 3 and
Zepts count in base 7. One day four of these creatures, two Zios
and two Zepts, sat on the summit of a hill to count the legs of. . . .
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this
challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would
write our number 7.
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had
made the highest even number?
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?
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
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?
32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50
x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if
Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit
numbers such that their total is close to 1500?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
Can you create a Latin Square from multiples of a six digit number?
The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What
is that base?
Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and imagine them written down in
every possible order to give 5 digit numbers. Find the sum of the
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3
digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits
you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.
How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be
written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?
Using balancing scales what is the least number of weights needed
to weigh all integer masses from 1 to 1000? Placing some of the
weights in the same pan as the object how many are needed?
When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the
answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is
represented by an "x" .
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?
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?
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
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?
Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following
`skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division
This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once.
Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only