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?
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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 replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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?
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 the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
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.
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?
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 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.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had
made the highest even number?
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?
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
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
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to
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" .
four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following
`skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division
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?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What
is that base?
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 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
Can you show that 1^99 + 2^99 + 3^99 + 4^99 + 5^99 is divisible by
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?