Primary maths: Factors, multiples and primes

Tried-and-tested resources to help your primary classes understand factors, multiples and primes in their maths lessons

Tes Resources Team

Colourful Numbers Representing Primary Maths Lessons On Factors, Multiples & Primes

Engaging lesson ideas and practice questions to help young learners get to grips with factors, multiples and primes

With factors, multiples and primes underpinning many mathematical techniques, and often being intertwined with multiplication and division, it is essential that students understand the relationship between different numbers. To get you started, here are just some of the resources that the Tes community have tried out with their classes.

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Classroom activities

Encourage independent exploration of these key concepts with help from these creative approaches.

Odd One Out Worksheet - Prime numbers, multiples, squares, factors
lunchbox1

Odd One Out Worksheet - Prime numbers, multiples, squares, factors

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A worksheet with 15 questions and 16 answers where pupils need to eliminate the correct answers to find the odd one out (work out the left over answer). Topics are: factors, HCF, primes, multiples, square numbers, even/ odd numbers. A good resource for consolidation of these topics. Final answ...
Factors, Multiples and Prime numbers
Scott Versace

Factors, Multiples and Prime numbers

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All explained on the one page. This simple activity, whilst it may take some explaining to lower ability students because of the directions, can become quite a colourful way to learn these three important topics.

Lesson ideas

Take your students step-by-step through the essential skills and ensure that they understand the basics from the outset with these lesson ideas and presentations.

Factors, Multiples and Primes
deselby

Factors, Multiples and Primes

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A lesson on discovering what factors, multiples and primes are. Hopefully follows a fairly logical process, with a quite difficult activity to end on.

Games

There is plenty of opportunity to problem solve with this topic, which makes these fun games and puzzles the perfect round-up to a factors, multiples or primes lesson.

Factor Bugs (inc Prime numbers) game
DaveGale

Factor Bugs (inc Prime numbers) game

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This cute power point introduces factor bugs as a fun way of getting pupils to find factors of numbers. The bugs have legs which are usually in pairs. There s also the Prime Minister bug.
Factors Frenzy | Multiples Card Game
LittleStreams

Factors Frenzy | Multiples Card Game

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This is a card game for learning Factors and Multiples. Students take turns to play a factor card from their hand into a multiple card that is in play. Once a factor has been played on a particular card, no other player can play it again. There are exactly the correct amount of factor cards to mat...
Prime Numbers (Interactive Whiteboard Game)
Maths4Everyone

Prime Numbers (Interactive Whiteboard Game)

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This is a fun interactive whiteboard game, created in PowerPoint, with triggered animations. All my students have loved this activity ('Sir, can we play the chain-game?'). It is enjoyable for both high and low ability it not only reinforces the learning of the prime numbers, but students also n...
Factors and Multiples
FullShelf

Factors and Multiples

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Games and Activities for KS2 (Year 5 and 6) Factors and Multiples starters, warm ups, early finishers tasks, revision etc. A differentiated set of over 70 cards to be used for self-checking factors work or for fun games, plus 6 game boards and 36 cards for multiples bingo / lotto. FACTORS: Low...
Factors, Multiples & Primes Games/Posters
PropellerEducation

Factors, Multiples & Primes Games/Posters

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Bundle of games and display posters covering Factors, Multiples and Primes. **Factor Fifty Game** Player use numbers up to 50 on a 1-50 grid and have to cover a chosen number with a counter. Once a number is covered, they must cover as many factors of that number as possible too. The winner has the...