If problem solving was Olympic event, you'd not get in the stadium to compete for all the teachers that would fancy their chances. Problems, we deal with them everyday, with skill, style, pazaz that would make any CEO of a large multinational organisation break down and weep. This however, is our fabulous section of mathematical problem solving, so get them thinking outside the box!
A range of puzzles and investigation for Ks1. Investigate adding numbers of houses down a street. There's a lovely hundred square and multiplication square puzzle and plenty to look at with regard to multiples.
A simple magic square-type activity, also promotes addition. A great plenary or fun end to the day.
A more difficult magic square-type activity, also promotes addition. A great plenary or fun end to the day.
A DIFFICULT magic square-type activity, also promotes addition. A great plenary or fun end to the day.
Ideal for y7, these problems will extend KS2 and introduce the concept of algebra.
Some great logic problems and a few old favourites, even snakes and ladders makes an appearance. Think it's an Adder! Great for addition of numbers by no more than 6.
We've used this from year 2 to year 6, in different ways of course. Creative teachers will focus on different aspects of this finding all possibilities style activity.
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What a fantastic maths investigation for KS2. You will need to ask your school technician to download and extract this file to use the game.
A super differentiated activity that starts with a 2x2 square - it adds up the lines for you, so it will allow most children to access a magic squares style lesson.
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Work out the missing numbers in this classic puzzle - will support addition too. Great for Ks1 and ks2.
A great investigation, get those matches and start creating triangles. How many matches does it take to make 2,3,4, triangles, you get the picture.
Don't forget the useful downloadable worksheet for pupils to record their work.
You are shown a shopping list and some prices. You must type in the total amount needed to pay for them all. Three levels of difficulty - perfect.
We really love this site for ks2. There are plenty of investigations to suit some of the lower achievers and plenty for more able to consider. We love the car park game, colour the maps investigation, the probability - play your cards right and the frog hopper game.
Older KS2 pupils will enjoy solving these logic problems. Fairly taxing.
This site encourages problem solving using symbols, we reckon this is the formations of algebraic understanding.
Investigate triangular numbers with this super Nrich site. Great for Ks2 and 3.
The classic problem solving activity which can be used to further understanding of multiplication and remainders.
Think you can hack it at the mathematical heights of supremacy - take a look at this problem - changes every week - go for it!
Classic beginnings of algebra encouraging addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Super.
Although the context is some balance scales, the problem solving is a fun, visual activity where you add unlabelled coloured 3D shapes to each side of the scales. The aim is to make the scales balance with different shapes in each side.
Children initially buy 1 or 2 items from the Eco Farm shop and work out their change. At the next level they will be given coupons or vouchers and need to work out the new cost. At level 3 children will have to work out a percentage of the cost.
Bright attractive site.
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