These are all great investigations/rich problems with plenty of practice working with square numbers - a little more interesting than fifteen questions out of a textbook. If pupils have to learn facts, such as the squares to 15, I think it's better to embed them into something a little mathematically rich than just drill.

- Lagrange's Four-Square theorem - every positive integer can be expressed as the sum of no more than four square numbers. Year 7 collaborated to list the possibilities for numbers from 1 to 30 on a big piece of sugar paper when we did square numbers this year; a great short investigation!
**Resource here**. - Happy numbers - take a two-digit number, square and add the result. Keep going until you get to 1 or...something else very interesting happens! Introduced to me when I was volunteering in a school while I was at university, and I do this every single year when I teach square numbers.
**Resource here**. - Fermat's Christmas theorem - I blogged about this for
**post number 4 for the 29 days challenge**, having discovered it through this year's Intermediate Maths Challenge. My Year 10 top set managed well with a bit of non-curricular modular arithmetic and a bit of basic proof.**Resource here**. - Fermat's Last theorem - links square numbers to Pythagoras and leads to a really interesting discussion about sizes of infinity. A good one for your high fliers in KS3.
**Blog here**. - Growing squares - a great short investigation looking at patterns leading to square numbers. Do it with KS4 for links to nth term of a quadratic sequence.
**Resource here**.

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