Rich tasks

To avoid them getting lost in our main libraries, we're gathering our rich tasks into this handy collection. So if you're after some more challenging resources and investigations, this is the place to look.

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Present wrapping conundrumNew!
This is a Christmas themed resource but could be adapted for  … read more
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Types of numbers - investigation
A super resource that allows students to develop their own investigative  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 03/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Number | Rich tasks | Types of numbers
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Investigating convergence
An investigation of the Padovan sequence leading to calculator  … read more
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KS5  | Published: 18/02/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Core | Rich tasks
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Winchester investigation
This resource works equally well for GCSE or AS level. It can  … read more
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KS4 KS5  | Published: 05/02/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Probability | Statistics & Probability | Experimental probability | Rich tasks | Theoretical probability
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Consecutive natural numbers
An investigation into which numbers can be written as the sum  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 23/12/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Number | Rich tasks | Types of numbers
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Linkages
Students design linkages and determine whether they are mechanisms  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 02/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Rich tasks
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Number activities
Four number activities leading to an investigation of Graham's  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 26/06/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Number | Rich tasks
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The Flower of Life
Students see how to create the circle arrangement known as the  … read more
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KS4 KS5  | Published: 15/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Core | Geometry and measure | Rich tasks
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Origami trays
Fold a tray from paper then manipulate the design to create different  … read more
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KS4 KS5  | Published: 15/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Rich tasks | Solids and nets – identifying 3D shapes
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Shrinking circles
An investigation on polygons: making use of formulae, trigonometry,  … read more
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KS5  | Published: 16/04/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Core | Rich tasks
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Polygonal Numbers
An investigation into the numerical and diagramatical patterns  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 26/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Algebra | Rich tasks | Sequences - special types
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Area of polygons using Picks Theorem
This super PowerPoint makes a really good plenary to the rich  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 13/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Pick's Theorem | Rich tasks
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Understanding and comparing mobile phone tariffs
A functional task using linear graphs to investigate the best  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 28/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Algebra | Real-life graphs | Rich tasks
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Twelve days of Christmas budget
Christmas quiz which uses arithmetic skills and percentages.  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 27/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Christmas | Percentages – simple percentages | Puzzles and games | Rich tasks
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Formula pi finals at the Geometrack!
A project based around a race track which requires students to  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 24/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Area and perimeter – compound shapes | Compound measures | Rich tasks
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Estimating pi by substitution – a calculator/spreadsheet exercise
This resource introduces students to the Gauss and Legendre estimation  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 23/05/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Number | Rich tasks
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Gift Boxes - A functional task
A higher tier GCSE functional task based on gift boxes. This  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 16/05/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Revision | Rich tasks
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Investigating area using Pick's theorem
An investigation to calculate the area of irregular polygons  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 16/05/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Pick's Theorem | Rich tasks
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I know this shape is wrong because...
A resource for starting a shape topic or for revising the topic.  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 16/05/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Rich tasks
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Three joined pyramids
Assemble the net to create three pyramids which fold up to form  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 04/01/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Rich tasks | Solids and nets – 3D geometry
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Suitcase logic
Use the clues and your logic skills to deduce who has packed  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 14/09/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Puzzles and games | Rich tasks
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Random mathematics research quiz
Research the answers to 20 questions on mathematical properties,  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 17/08/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Rich tasks
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The greatest mathematics country debate
Research the country you are assigned to debate why it has had  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 06/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Posters and displays | Rich tasks
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Using Excel and sequences to investigate straight line graphs
Comprehensive instructions to show how to create graphs in Excel,  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 15/06/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Algebra | Linear graphs – plotting and sketching | Rich tasks
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Spirolaterals
Learn how to draw spirolaterals then set yourself a question  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 09/03/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | 2D shapes – identifying polygons | Rich tasks
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Shunting
How can you use the track siding to change the train carriages  … read more
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KS3 KS4  | Published: 10/02/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Puzzles and games | Rich tasks
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Bird watching
A logic puzzle with an unusual context for students, handy for  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 15/12/2011 | From the resource collection(s): Puzzles and games | Rich tasks
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Tiling a bathroom floor
An investigation into the number of tiles needed to cover a floor,  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 15/12/2011 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Metric units | Rich tasks
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Word length survey
Decide if a book is suitable to read by analysing the word lengths.  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 15/12/2011 | From the resource collection(s): Statistics | Graphs and charts – bar charts | Rich tasks
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Around London - a research project
Use internet research to find journey times and fare prices for  … read more
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KS4  | Published: 15/12/2011 | From the resource collection(s): Geometry and measure | Rich tasks | Time, timetables and planning
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