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.  

The last date for sending in solutions is Monday 13 May. 

Tables Teaser live

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

Starfish Spotting live

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 live

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

Shape Times Shape live

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 live

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

Multiplication Square Jigsaw live

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

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 live

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?