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Prompt Cards

These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.

Exploring Wild & Wonderful Number Patterns

EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.


Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?

On Target

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Why do this problem?

This activity is another opportunity for the children to work and record results logically. This problem lends itself to using a table to organise possible solutions.

Possible approach

A straightforward presentation and then when the pupils have proceeded so far then gather together and discuss what they have found to be a good idea in trying to get many solutions.

Key questions

What method have you used?

Possible extension

Pupils can be encouraged to invent variations making slight changes.

Possible support