These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.