Resources tagged with: Codes and cryptography

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Broad Topics > Cross-curricular Contexts > Codes and cryptography

Building up to Coding

Age 5 to 11

This article describes the underlying mathematical ideas and skills involved in the important mathematical application of coding.

Unlocking the Case

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A case is found with a combination lock. There is one clue about the number needed to open the case. Can you find the number and open the case?

Cracking Codes

Age 5 to 11

Jenny Murray describes how she developed her interest in making and breaking codes.

Substitution Cipher

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

Substitution Transposed

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?

Secondary Cipher Challenge Part 1

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Here is the start of a six-part challenge. Can you get to the end and crack the final message?

The Best Card Trick?

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?

Some Secret Codes

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?

Transposition Cipher

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?

Numbered Cars

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?

James's Code Challenge

Age 7 to 18 Challenge Level:

The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!

Cipher Challenge Toolkit

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

Our toolkit removes the drudgery of codebreaking while leaving you to do the hard thinking!