Patterns and Sequences KS2

Sitting Round the Party Tables

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Count the Digits

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?

Break it Up!

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.

That Number Square!live

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How quickly can you put back the numbers on the hundred square? What's the smartest way to do it?

Ip Dip

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?

Domino Sets

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

Times Tables Shifts

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

Up and Down Staircaseslive

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

The Numbers Give the Design

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

Become Maths Detectives

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.

Carrying Cards

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?

Number Differences

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

Cuisenaire Spirals

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you make arrange Cuisenaire rods so that they make a 'spiral' with right angles at the corners?

Exploring Wild & Wonderful Number Patterns

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

Follow the Numbers

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.

Tables Without Tens

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Investigate and explain the patterns that you see from recording just the units digits of numbers in the times tables.

Light Blue - Dark Blue

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Investigate the successive areas of light blue in these diagrams.

Button-up Some More

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Light the Lights Again

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?

Exploring Number Patterns You Makelive

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?

Magic Vs

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

Sticky Triangles

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Consecutive Numbers

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.