Tes Maths ROTW: Number properties ladders

Practise key numeracy skills, such as place value, with this engaging properties ladders activity, recommended by Tes Maths

Craig Barton

Number Properties Ladder, Tes Maths, ROTW, Digits

Resource title: Number properties ladders

Resource author: bodmans

What is it?

We all know that recapping key numeracy skills is crucial for consolidating students’ understanding, but having to find engaging ways to practise them can be a struggle. That’s why I love this simple properties ladder activity.

Having generated a four-digit number number using the clever spreadsheet, pupils are tasked with finding a variety of properties, such as the biggest possible total and smallest odd number.

How can it be used?

Suitable for younger learners, this activity works best when part of a weekly routine. As it only takes five minutes to complete, I’d suggest allowing students to talk through their answers once they’ve finished. There are always a couple of controversial questions to discuss!

Once pupils have mastered the worksheet, challenge them further by adding your own questions:

  • What is the largest factor of 3?
  • What is the largest two-digit prime number?
  • What is the smallest multiple of 12?
  • What is the biggest total _ _ -  _ _?
  • What is the biggest total _ x _ _ _?

Indeed, the possibilities are endless!


Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.


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