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Mathematicians often talk about the importance of working systematically. This means that rather than working in a haphazard and random way, there is a methodical, organised and logical approach. The problems below will challenge you to work systematically and will help you appreciate the benefits of working in this way.

Scroll down to see our complete collection of Lower Primary problems, or explore the two sub-collections.

We also have a collection of Upper Primary problems that lend themselves to working systematically.

Primary teachers may like to read our article Encouraging Primary Children to Work Systematically.

Age 5 to 7

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These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

Age 5 to 7

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These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

Age 5 to 7

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How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

Age 5 to 7

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Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?

Age 5 to 7

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My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

Age 5 to 7

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If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?

Age 5 to 7

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Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?

Age 5 to 7

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Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Age 5 to 7

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Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.

Age 5 to 7

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In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

Age 5 to 7

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How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?

Age 5 to 7

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How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

Age 5 to 7

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In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?

Age 5 to 7

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Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

Age 5 to 7

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If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you can make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

Age 5 to 7

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There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. How many eggs are in each basket?

Age 5 to 7

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As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

Age 5 to 11

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

Age 5 to 11

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Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?

Age 5 to 11

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How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?

Age 5 to 7

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Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?

Age 5 to 7

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Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?

Age 5 to 11

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There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?