Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move him so that the graph shows a curve?
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.
Two engines, at opposite ends of a single track railway line, set off towards one another just as a fly, sitting on the front of one of the engines, sets off flying along the railway line...
Can you put these times on the clocks in order? You might like to arrange them in a circle.
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.?
Every day at noon a boat leaves Le Havre for New York while another boat leaves New York for Le Havre. The ocean crossing takes seven days. How many boats will each boat cross during their journey?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?
A bus route has a total duration of 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, two buses set out, one from each end. How many buses will one bus meet on its way from one end to the other end?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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 took.
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.
In this version of the story of the hare and the tortoise, the race is 10 kilometres long. Can you work out how long the hare sleeps for using the information given?
How many of this company's coaches travelling in the opposite direction does the 10 am coach from Alphaton pass before reaching Betaville?
Anne completes a circuit around a circular track in 40 seconds. Brenda runs in the opposite direction and meets Anne every 15 seconds. How long does it take Brenda to run around the track?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Can you rank these quantities in order? You may need to find out extra information or perform some experiments to justify your rankings.
Can you put these mixed-up times in order? You could arrange them in a circle.
Use your knowledge of angles to work out how many degrees the hour and minute hands of a clock travel through in different amounts of time.
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?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a great context for discussing measurement.
These two challenges will test your time-keeping!
Do you know the rhyme about ten green bottles hanging on a wall? If the first bottle fell at ten past five and the others fell down at 5 minute intervals, what time would the last bottle fall down?
At the time of writing the hour and minute hands of my clock are at right angles. How long will it be before they are at right angles again?
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
Use the information to work out the timetable for the three trains travelling between City station and Farmland station.
How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car reaches them after their bus broke down?
Read this article to find out the mathematical method for working out what day of the week each particular date fell on back as far as 1700.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
N people visit their friends staying N kilometres along the coast. Some walk along the cliff path at N km an hour, the rest go by car. How long is the road?
Mathematics has allowed us now to measure lots of things about eclipses and so calculate exactly when they will happen, where they can be seen from, and what they will look like.
Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
Calendars were one of the earliest calculating devices developed by civilizations. Find out about the Mayan calendar in this article.
What can you say about when these pictures were taken?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Not everybody agreed that the Third Millennium actually began on January 1st 2000. Find out why by reading this brief article.
Measure problems at primary level that may require resilience.
These clocks have only one hand, but can you work out what time they are showing from the information?
Liitle Millennium Man was born on Saturday 1st January 2000 and he will retire on the first Saturday 1st January that occurs after his 60th birthday. How old will he be when he retires?
A train leaves on time. After it has gone 8 miles (at 33mph) the driver looks at his watch and sees that the hour hand is exactly over the minute hand. When did the train leave the station?
Can you explain why every year must contain at least one Friday the thirteenth?
Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.