Section 2: Patterns in number charts

Key Focus Question: How can you use number charts to help pupils find patterns in numbers?

Keywords: number chart; number pattern; multiplication; investigation; group work; basic operations

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will have:

  • helped pupils to find patterns using number charts;
  • set up and managed investigations using number charts;
  • improved your skills at working with groups.


A number chart of 100 is a simple aid for helping pupils see pattern in number, and can support a wide range of learning activities. Number charts can be used for young pupils to practise counting, yet can also be used for open-ended investigations with older or more able pupils.

In this section you will help your pupils to understand mathematical concepts through investigational and group work.

Resource 4: The cultural game of Africa

1. Using number charts in groups