Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?

Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts 4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you explain your findings?

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.

This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.

Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

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?

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.

This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What is that base?

In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?

Take any two digit number, for example 58. What do you have to do to reverse the order of the digits? Can you find a rule for reversing the order of digits for any two digit number?

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

The number 27 is special because it is three times the sum of its digits 27 = 3 (2 + 7). Find some two digit numbers that are SEVEN times the sum of their digits (seven-up numbers)?

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

A school song book contains 700 songs. The numbers of the songs are displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is the minimum number of small boards that is needed?

Carry out cyclic permutations of nine digit numbers containing the digits from 1 to 9 (until you get back to the first number). Prove that whatever number you choose, they will add to the same total.

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

Four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.

Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the 'back of the queue' and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. What properties do your answers always have?

Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?

You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?

There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?

Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

Number problems for inquiring primary learners.

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?

Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following `skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division sum.

A church hymn book contains 700 hymns. The numbers of the hymns are displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is the minimum number of small boards that is needed?