In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?
Take the number 6 469 693 230 and divide it by the first ten prime numbers and you'll find the most beautiful, most magic of all numbers. What is it?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
On a calculator, make 15 by using only the 2 key and any of the four operations keys. How many ways can you find to do it?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how many lemons there are?
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
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.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple and the weights from the picture?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's finishing position was.
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Annie cut this numbered cake into 3 pieces with 3 cuts so that the numbers on each piece added to the same total. Where were the cuts and what fraction of the whole cake was each piece?
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Put a number at the top of the machine and collect a number at the bottom. What do you get? Which numbers get back to themselves?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person had.
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Find another number that is one short of a square number and when you double it and add 1, the result is also a square number.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres. Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.