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. . . .
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. . . .
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
The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What
is that base?
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?
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had
made the highest even number?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be
written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?
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?
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?
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
Four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.
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
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?
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Can you show that 1^99 + 2^99 + 3^99 + 4^99 + 5^99 is divisible by
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?
Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of
problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made
it gives access to many similar ideas.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
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?
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
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
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?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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.
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.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
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.
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!
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.
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
Pick the number of times a week that you eat chocolate. This number must be more than one but less than ten.
Multiply this number by 2. Add 5 (for Sunday). Multiply by 50... Can you explain why it. . . .