Tag Archives: problem solving

Idea 270: FREE Differentiated Word Problem Challenge Sheets

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE This is a set of three challenge sheets I made to evidence problem-solving skills against the 2017 ITAF for Year 2. Base Camp aligns with the ITAF 2017 Working Towards statement “The pupil can count in … Continue reading

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Idea 259: FREE Resources for Money Problem Solving Lesson: “11 Secret Ways to Make 10p”

This was a fun and practical lesson I did recently looking at money. Firstly, in pairs children tried to find the 4 different combinations to make 5p, which are: 5p 2p+2p+1p 2p+1p+1p+1p 1p+1p+1p+1p+1p I put this up on the board … Continue reading

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Idea 253: Place Value ‘Elimination Problem-Solving’ Differentiated FREE Resource

This makes a good problem-solving lesson when you have been covering place value. Each sheet contains a grid of numbers. Your ‘secret agent’ pupils must use the clues provided to help them to eliminate numbers until only one number is … Continue reading

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Idea 237: Multiplication Grid Paired Task

I did this activity with my Year 2 class after we’d used (completed) multiplication grids to self-check answers to multiplication questions. Children worked in pairs to take turns adding one number into the multiplication grid until it was complete. LOTS … Continue reading

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Idea 219: Year 2 Multiplication Problem Solving RallyCoach Lesson

This was a problem-solving lesson I did with my Year 2 after a week on looking at multiplication as repeated addition and drawing arrays. I did this as a rally coach, with each pair having a sheet between them and … Continue reading

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Idea 217: Problem Solving Lesson With Number Lines, ‘Find the Fibs!’

I showed the children a number line, then added in the numbers in green. Children could work with a partner to discuss which numbers they thought were not in the right place. We had a discussion about HOW they were … Continue reading

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Idea 216: ‘Number Elimination’. Problem Solving Lesson With Place Value, Activity for All Primary Ages

Sometimes (rarely!) I get a bit of a creative spark for a lesson which actually works out, and that’s exactly what happened here! I made grids of numbers for my children along with a list of instructions for how to … Continue reading

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Idea 159: Battleships-Style Maths Game Problem Solving

Another idea I used on my PGCE course; this idea is flexible and can be used with a lot of levels with a few quick modifications. Tell your class you have thought of a secret three-digit number, where each digit … Continue reading

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Idea 158: Maths Word Problems With a Twist

One of the issues with children doing maths word problems is that they often know that all the information listed for them will definitely be needed and relevant to the problem. This means they very quickly skim over the content … Continue reading

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Idea 154: Quick Christmas Maths Activity

This is a classic activity. Get your class to add up all the gifts that are given in the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ song. Example: On the first day, one gift is given (a partridge in a pair tree). On … Continue reading

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