Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
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 may require resilience.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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 happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
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?
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?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
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 six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
A school song book contains 700 songs. The numbers of the songs are displayed by combining special small single-digit cards. What is the minimum number of small cards that is needed?
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
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?
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?
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.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50 x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if possible.
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
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.
How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?
Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and imagine them written down in every possible order to give 5 digit numbers. Find the sum of the resulting numbers.
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.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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" .
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?