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.

1. Using number charts in groups