Wild Maths

Wild maths is mathematics without bounds. Here, you are free to roam and develop as a mathematician. We invite you to embark on a mathematical adventure!

Mathematics is a creative subject. It involves spotting patterns, making connections, finding new ways of looking at things and using what you already know in new contexts. Creative mathematicians play around with examples, draw pictures, have the courage to experiment and ask good questions.

We provide games, investigations, stories and spaces to explore, where we know there are discoveries to be made. Some have starting points, some a big question and others offer you a free space to investigate. Have a go at anything that catches your eye. You can find the full collection of activities, and explore challenges and investigations that are linked by some shared mathematical areas, by clicking on the 'Pathways' link in the top menu.

We'd love you to share your ideas and discoveries. You can share ideas via the comments at the bottom of each resource, or email us by clicking on the 'Share your discoveries' link at the bottom of each page.

Happy exploring!


We'd love you to share how you've tried this and what you've discovered. You can add a comment below, or you can email us - your work may be featured in the showcase.

Factors and Multiples Chain

Each number must be a factor or multiple of the last. What's the longest chain you can make?

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Summing Consecutive Numbers

Watch the video to see what Charlie can do with consecutive numbers. There are plenty of patterns to notice and explain...

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Charlie's Delightful Machine

Play with our interactive machine and see if you can work out how to switch each light on. Is there a way to turn on all four lights at once?

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Got It

Can you be the first to hit 23? Play the game and see if you can come up with a winning strategy.

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How to Solve Equations

Watch this talk by Dr Vicky Neale as she explores some equations, and covers some highlights from the rich history of number theory along the way.

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What's Possible?

What is special about numbers that can be written as the difference of two squares?

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