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?
Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and find out!
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework. After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
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?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?