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# What Is the Question?

### Tables Teaser

### Starfish Spotting

### I'm Eight

### Multiplication Square Jigsaw

### Shape Times Shape

### Looking at Lego

### Mystery Matrix

### Ducking and Dividing

### Missing Multipliers

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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.

Age 5 to 7

Challenge Level

How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?

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?

Age 5 to 11

Challenge Level

Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.

Age 7 to 11

Challenge Level

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

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?

Age 7 to 11

Challenge Level

This task offers an opportunity to explore all sorts of number relationships, but particularly multiplication.

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.

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?

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?