Primary maths: Factors, multiples and primes

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

Sian Evans

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 great resources that the Tes community have tried out with their classes.

Classroom activities

Encourage independent exploration of these key concepts with help from these creative approaches. These are just the sort of challenges that will consolidate learners' understanding.

 

Factors, Multiples & Primes: Activity & Worksheet Pack
MathspadUK

Factors, Multiples & Primes: Activity & Worksheet Pack

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A set of activities to help students work on recognising factors, multiples, prime and square numbers. Including: **1\. Factors & Multiples Mystery Grids** Students must use clues to work out the missing numbers in the grid. Example clues are: 'The number in the top right is a factor of a...
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...

Lesson ideas

It's worth taking your students step-by-step through the essential skills and ensuring that they understand the basics from the outset. These clear, visual presentations will help you do just that.

 

Multiples
KatQatresources

Multiples

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Teaching multiples should be fun but sometimes it's hard work for both teacher and student. Here is a comprehensive 20 slide presentation about multiples that can introduce or consolidate the understanding about what exactly is a multiple. Children are bombarded with lots of different vocabulary ...
Prime Numbers
Dan Gower

Prime Numbers

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PowerPoint on prime numbers. Highlights the importance of them and how to find them along with the first 100 prime numbers!

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. Try a new activity today!

 

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 Activities
FullShelf

Factors and Multiples Activities

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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...
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...