During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then
back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the
information to find out how long each road is on the route she
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many
times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock
over a whole day?
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one
minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the
real time) they arrived at the airport.
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are
palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
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?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
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 can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5
grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand
point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
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.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
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
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?