Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
How would you create the largest possible two-digit even number from the digit I've given you and one of your choice?
This set of activities focuses on ordering, an important aspect of place value.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Once a basic number sense has developed for numbers up to ten, a strong 'sense of ten' needs to be developed as a foundation for both place value and mental calculations.
Matching Numbers game for an adult and child. Can you remember where the cards are so you can choose two which match?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
How will you complete these Venn diagrams?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Don't get rid of your old calendars! You can get a lot more mathematical mileage out of them before they are thrown away. These activities, using cut up dates from the calendar, provide numbers to. . . .
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
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?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
In this article, Alf outlines six activities using the Gattegno chart, which help to develop understanding of place value, multiplication and division.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Some children have been doing different tasks. Can you see who was the winner?
These games devised by Jenni Way use dot cards which will help children see the structure of numbers 1-6 and give them confidence as they begin to add and subtract these numbers.
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decorated the honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?
Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
Use the fraction wall to compare the size of these fractions - you'll be amazed how it helps!
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you work out the domino pieces which would go in the middle in each case to complete the pattern of these eight sets of 3 dominoes?
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
Would you rather: Have 10% of £5 or 75% of 80p? Be given 60% of 2 pizzas or 26% of 5 pizzas?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
Find the exact difference between the largest ball and the smallest ball on the Hepta Tree and then use this to work out the MAGIC NUMBER!
Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?