Numbers and Measures

This collection of resources is produced by the Core Maths Support Programme to support the implementation of Core Maths. The collection contains a range of activities all designed to enable students to use and apply mathematics in unfamiliar contexts.


Cells: surface area to volume ratio

In this Core Maths research task students area asked to apply their understanding of the surface area and volume of cuboids to cells. The activity starts with an NRICH problem which explores what happens to surface area and volume of cuboids as linear dimensions change.  Students are then to investigate the surface...

Core Maths in pictures

In this Core Maths resource students are asked to create a series of questions to promote informal, common sense reasoning and come up with sensible estimated solutions to these questions.

Core Maths in Pictures: Presentation

This presentation includes a number of different images and...

Cost to the moon

This research task involves calculation, estimation and online research. Students are asked to compare the cost of building a rocket to go to the Moon with the cost of building a stack of pound coins to reach the Moon.

Cost to the Moon: worksheet

This handout includes images and...

Diamond smuggling

This Core Maths activity investigates diamond smuggling.

The presentation gives details of how diamonds were smuggled out of Namibia in cans of pilchards. Students need to use the information given to calculate an estimate of the value of the smuggled diamonds. They need to use estimation and the formula for...


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