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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.


There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

Number Squares

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

You could try altering just one of your starting numbers to see what effect this has. Can you predict what will happen before you try it?
You could set yourself some targets for the middle numbers and see how close you can get.
What are the similarities and differences betweeen the different squares you produce?
Can you explain these similarities and differences?
You might find a calculator handy!