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.


Horse Manure Crisis

In this task students analyse a key prediction made during an environmental crisis on the streets of London; that they would be nine foot deep with horse manure within 50 years. Students research any required data, make estimates and perform calculations to determine the reasonableness of the prediction. They also...

Interest and depreciation

This task involves investigating various aspects of interest and depreciation, including compound interest and the effects of calculating  compound interest over different periods of time (e.g. monthly vs. weekly). The task requires a good understanding of calculation of percentages and substitution into...

London Underground

This Core Maths task requires students to investigate the number of steps and various dimensions of escalators.

Students can measure width and length of stairs in their own school/college and compare them to their estimate of escalator steps. It may be appropriate to make use of Pythagoras' Theorem in the...

Max cylinder

This Core Maths task is suitable for small group work and provides a good opportunity to demonstrate and encourage mathematical modelling.  Students investigate the minimum amount of metal needed to contain a given amount of drink in a can. They are encouraged to explore numeric, graphical and algebraic...


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