The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to
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?
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Can you show that 1^99 + 2^99 + 3^99 + 4^99 + 5^99 is divisible by
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.
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?
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.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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 activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following
`skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
The number 27 is special because it is three times the sum of its digits 27 = 3 (2 + 7). Find some two digit numbers that are SEVEN times the sum of their digits (seven-up numbers)?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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
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!
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" .
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?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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
Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down
all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur
most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . .
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had
made the highest even number?
Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the 'back of
the queue' and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. What
properties do your answers always have?
four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
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.
Take any two digit number, for example 58. What do you have to do to reverse the order of the digits? Can you find a rule for reversing the order of digits for any two digit number?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is