Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following `skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division sum.
Think of any three-digit number. Repeat the digits. The 6-digit number that you end up with is divisible by 91. Is this a coincidence?
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" .
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 resulting numbers.
The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What is that base?
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. . . .
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
Four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.
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 asked how old she was, the teacher replied: My age in years is not prime but odd and when reversed and added to my age you have a perfect square...
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?
Can you show that 1^99 + 2^99 + 3^99 + 4^99 + 5^99 is divisible by 5?
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. . . .
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?
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.
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.
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
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?
Consider all of the five digit numbers which we can form using only the digits 2, 4, 6 and 8. If these numbers are arranged in ascending order, what is the 512th number?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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 possibility.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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 is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?
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?
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?
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
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?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?
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.
Carry out cyclic permutations of nine digit numbers containing the digits from 1 to 9 (until you get back to the first number). Prove that whatever number you choose, they will add to the same total.