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.