Resources tagged with: Describing patterns and sequences

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Broad Topics > Patterns, Sequences and Structure > Describing patterns and sequences

Centred Squares

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Magazines

Age 7 to 11
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Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.

Lost Books

Age 7 to 11
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While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?

It's All about 64

Age 7 to 11
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Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.

Times Tables Shifts

Age 7 to 11
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In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

All Seated

Age 7 to 11
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Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

Beads

Age 7 to 11
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Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

Polygonals

Age 7 to 11
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Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

Taking Steps

Age 7 to 11
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In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

A Shapely Network

Age 7 to 11
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Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.

The Mathemagician's Seven Spells

Age 7 to 11
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"Tell me the next two numbers in each of these seven minor spells", chanted the Mathemagician, "And the great spell will crumble away!" Can you help Anna and David break the spell?

Next Number

Age 7 to 11 Short
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Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...

Sets of Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

Taking a Die for a Walk

Age 5 to 11
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Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.

Exploring Wild & Wonderful Number Patterns

Age 7 to 11
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EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.

Function Machines

Age 7 to 11
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If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?

Tables Without Tens

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate and explain the patterns that you see from recording just the units digits of numbers in the times tables.

Sept03 Sept03 Sept03

Age 7 to 11
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This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?

Sticky Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Sorting the Numbers

Age 5 to 11
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Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?

Street Sequences

Age 5 to 11
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Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

Calendar Patterns

Age 7 to 11
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In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice about the answers?

Sets of Four Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

Sending Cards

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

Extending Great Squares

Age 7 to 11
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Explore one of these five pictures.

Diagonal in a Spiral

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the totals you get when adding numbers on the diagonal of this pattern in threes.

Rods and Rods

Age 7 to 11
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Using only the red and white rods, how many different ways are there to make up the other colours of rod?

Bundles of Cubes

Age 7 to 11
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Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?

Month Mania

Age 5 to 11
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Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?

Pebbles

Age 7 to 11
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Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?

More Number Patterns Upper Primary

Age 7 to 11

These upper primary activities offer opportunities for children to recognise, extend and explain number patterns.

Pattern Sniffing

Age 5 to 11

This article for primary teachers outlines how we can encourage children to create, identify, extend and explain number patterns and why being able to do so is useful.

Light Blue - Dark Blue

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the successive areas of light blue in these diagrams.

The Numbers Give the Design

Age 7 to 11
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Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

Number Tracks

Age 7 to 11
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Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

Swimming Pool Tiles

Age 7 to 11
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This activity creates an opportunity to explore all kinds of number-related patterns.

Magic Letters

Age 11 to 14
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Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

Domino Sets

Age 7 to 11
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How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

Steps to the Podium

Age 7 to 14
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It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

More Pebbles

Age 7 to 11
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Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.

Mobile Numbers

Age 5 to 11
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In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?

Counter Ideas

Age 7 to 11
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Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

Investigating Pascal's Triangle

Age 7 to 11
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In this investigation, we look at Pascal's Triangle in a slightly different way - rotated and with the top line of ones taken off.

Lawn Border

Age 5 to 11
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If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?

Triangular Hexagons

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral triangles.

Picturing Triangular Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

1 Step 2 Step

Age 11 to 14
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Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

A Calendar Question

Age 7 to 11
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July 1st 2001 was on a Sunday. July 1st 2002 was on a Monday. When did July 1st fall on a Monday again?

Cuisenaire Environment

Age 5 to 16
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An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

Frogs

Age 11 to 14
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How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?