Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
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.
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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 put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.