What Is the Question?

What is the Question?

The tasks in this feature encourage learners to become more fluent with times tables, but with a difference... All too often, we offer children a question and ask them to work out the answer. By turning this around and starting from the answer, we stimulate learners' mathematical curiosity and provide much more scope for them to explore and make connections.  

Tables Teaser 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?

Starfish Spotting 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?

I'm Eight 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.

Multiplication Square Jigsaw 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Shape Times Shape 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the number sentences to work out what they are?

Looking at Lego 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
This task offers an opportunity to explore all sorts of number relationships, but particularly multiplication.

Ducking and Dividing 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Your vessel, the Starship Diophantus, has become damaged in deep space. Can you use your knowledge of times tables and some lightning reflexes to survive?

Mystery Matrix 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

Missing Multipliers 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?