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Problem Solving

  • Understanding Word Problems - Use your comprehension time to discuss strategies for understanding word problems!
  • Teaching Problems - Some advice and tips for teaching problem solving to children.
  • Bingo Investigation - Maths investigation based around a short play (scripts and information is included).
  • Nim! Flash File An interactive version of the popular puzzle game. Contributed by Planet Primary.
  • How Many Squares on a Chessboard? - A simple investigation which requires a methodical approach if the correct answer is to be attained.
  • Lunar Theme Park PDF File - A problem solving activity, in which children have to design their own theme park. Instructions and resouces included. Contributed by Jeremy Harris.
  • Solving Problems - Numbers PDF File - A set of three differentiated worksheets, based around solving problems with numbers. Contributed by Mary-Anne Crook.
  • Solving Problems - Money PDF File - A set of three differentiated worksheets, based around solving problems with money. Contributed by Mary-Anne Crook.
  • Solving Problems - Measures PDF File - A set of three differentiated worksheets, based around solving problems with measures. Contributed by Mary-Anne Crook.
  • Solving Problems - Time PDF File - A set of three differentiated worksheets, based around solving problems with time. Contributed by Mary-Anne Crook.
  • Dogs Trust Maths Problems - A set of Maths problems, with an accompanying educational video, linked to the work of the Dogs Trust.
  • Writing Number Sentences PDF File - A set of three differentiated worksheets, requiring children to write problems based around given sums. Contributed by Mary-Anne Crook.
  • Inverse Problems PDF File - A PDF by Kate Beaumont, dealing with how to check answers by usng the inverse.
  • Inverse Problems 2 PDF File - A PDF by Kate Beaumont, dealing with how to check answers by usng the inverse.
  • Word Problems PDF File - A set of word problems (in PDF), which provide children with further practice at answering these types of Maths questions.
  • Word Problems PDF File - A set of word problems (PDF) involving different functions, and testing the children's ablility to identify what functions are needed to answer word problems. Contributed by James Gore.
  • Word Problems PDF File - A set of worksheets (PDF), containing a variety of different word problems. Contributed by a visitor:
  • Word Problem Labels Word Document - Word problems based on perimeter, area, time and distance, which are set out on address labels so the children can stick them in their books. Red is higher ability, Blue core, Green lower and Yellow for those with SEN. There are extra blank sheets for you to add your own, or put the learning objective. Contributed by Carol Vincent.

The Thinking Skills Pack

  • Magic Squares Word Document - Can you children complete these magic squares? Contributed by Lisa Daniels.
  • Magic Squares PDF File - A collection of PDFs, which prompt children to look carefully at the properties of magic squares. Contributed by Jim Landers.
  • Number Challenge PDF File - An investigation (in PDF) requiring children to use numbers in a variety of ways to find other numbers. Contributed by Gary Walkington.
  • Rainforest Maths Challenges Notebook File - A set of Maths problems based on a trip to RHS Wisley (but questions could be adapted for different locations). Contributed by Debbie Pegg. This resource is also available in PDF here.
  • Toffee Tin Investigation Word Document - A challenging Maths investigation, originally designed use for Year 6. Contributed by David Hatchett.
  • Problem Solving Recording / Analysis Grid PDF File - An excellent way to record working out when doing word problems. Contributed by David Hatchett.
  • KS2 Blank Word Problems Grid PDF File - A blank grid (PDF) for teachers to record word problems on and for the children to then record their working out and answers on.
  • Maxi-Sum Word Document - A challenging activity which requires you to find the greatest total from numbers in a grid. Contributed by David King.
  • Heapersix PDF File - Will your pupils be able to make their own number puzzles like these ones? Contributed by David King.
  • Backterfront PDF File - An interesting investigation which involves reversing and multiplying numbers. Contributed by David King.
  • Aeroplane Numbers PDF File - Try to make these number problems using numbers arranged in the shape of planes! Contributed by David King.
  • Simside - PDF File - Can your children put the eight numbers in the correct places in the grid? Contributed by David King.
  • BackAdd PDF File - Try these interesting addition and subtraction challenges. Contributed by David King.
  • One Spare PDF File - Work out the answers to each sum and then see which digit is the 'One Spare'. Contributed by David King.
  • Serious Series PDF File - A problem which involves separating two jumbled series of numbers. Contributed by David King.
  • Knight Time PDF File - Can your knight travel around every number in the diagram? Contributed by David King.
  • Eleventyone PDF File - Travel along the right path and multiply the numbers along the way! Contributed by David King.

 

More Resources:
Problem Solving Banner
'Problem Solving' Banner
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Solving Problems Banner
'Solving Problems' Banner
PDF File
Magic Squares Poster
'Magic Squares' Poster
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A poster to teach pupils how magic squares work.
Magic Squares Challenges
'Magic Squares' Challenges
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4 sets of magic squares activity sheets, for different levels of ability.
Addition Secret Trails
Addition Secret Trails
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Five secret trails challenges aimed at different levels of ability.
Subtraction Secret Trails
Subtraction Secret Trails
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Five secret trails challenges aimed at different levels of ability.
Easter Egg Challenge
Easter Egg Challenge
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