Problem Solving in Maths
Problem solving means children will solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. Over time, the problems presented will have increasing sophistication. Pupils will learn how to breaking them down into a series of simpler steps and how to persevere in seeking solutions.
Pupils in Year 1 and 2 will discuss and solve problems in familiar practical contexts, including using quantities. Problems include the mathematical terms: put together, add, altogether, total, take away, distance between, difference between, more than and less than.
Pupils in Year 3 and 4 will develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. They will use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.
Pupils in Year 5 and 6 will develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.
'These solve it checklists are displayed in the classroom and the children are encouraged to use them when problem solving.
|Reception Solve It Checklist
|KS1 & KS2 Solve It Checklist