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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?

Hubble, Bubble

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Why do this problem?

This activity is closely linked to The Pied Piper activity in that it is a problem-solving situation that requires some knowledge of numbers and their properties.

Possible approach

It would be good to withhold information that is obvious to the teacher and just present the facts as on the problem page.

Key questions

How are you doing this activity?

Possible extension

Give pupils the opportunity to invent other challenges of their own having worked out the answers.

Possible support

Calculators might be helpful for some children.