To become fluent at trial and improvement they need to be able to think about how to adapt their first guess so that it is more likely to become a solution rather than throwing the first one out and starting again. Working on the problem Stage 3: The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. Register for our mailing list. This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters. These activities all lend themselves to this ‘trial and improvement’ way of working.

Register for our mailing list. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Some may take a short time, like Shut the Box , whilst others may intrigue and challenge over more than one lesson, like Dice in a Corner. What mathematical skills have you got that could be helpful here? We want all our tasks to be used in such a way that they enable learners to explore and work from their own level of understanding, and then build on this towards new understandings. Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work?

Simply ‘having a go’ is a great way to make a start on a mathematical problem. Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Zios and Zepts Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level: Age 7 to 11 Visualising at KS2 These upper primary tasks all specifically draw on the use of visualising.

## Developing Excellence in Problem Solving with Young Learners

What would help you understand the problem? Trial and Improvement at KS1. This article, written for primary teachers, discusses what we mean by ‘problem-solving skills’ and draws attention to NRICH tasks which can help develop specific skills.

Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to Use the information about Sally and her ijprovement to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.

Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out tria many children there are in the Brown family.

Heads and Feet Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level: The tasks in this collection can be used to encourage children to convince others of their reasoning, by first convincing themselves, then a friend, then a ‘sceptic’.

This feature draws together tasks which give learners opportunities to reason for different purposes.

## Problem-solving Skills

Age 7 to 11 Neich and Improvement at KS2 These upper primary tasks could all be tackled using a trial and improvement approach.

Trial and improvement Working systematically and remember there will be nrkch that one way of doing this: Written recording could be in the form of a photograph, diagram or written explanation. How many hens were there? Read Lynne’s article which discusses the place of problem solving in the new curriculum and sets the scene.

# Developing Excellence in Problem Solving with Young Learners :

Which way should you go to collect the most spells? Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?

Do you start again from frial or is there a way to use what you’ve already done to help? On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures.

Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. Getting started Stage 2: These upper primary tasks could all be tackled using a trial and improvement approach. Those children who are becoming fluent at trial and improvement will then want to adjust the dice to see if they can make 18 in another way, rather than trying another random arrangement.

In the aforementioned article, Jennie outlines four stages of the problem-solving process: She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once. Kate has eight multilink cubes. In this article for teachers, Lynne explains why it should be.

Some of our NRICH tasks are simple games that can be played time and time again to develop numerical fluency as ikprovement as problem solving and reasoning, such as Spiralling Decimals and Totality see also our article Developing Number Fluency – What, Why and Howwhilst others may be non-routine problems that have a specific solution, such as Shape Times Shape. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. Fractions in a Box Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level: To become fluent at trial and improvement they need to be able to think about how to adapt their first guess so that it is more likely to become a solution rather than throwing the first one out and starting again.

You have two sets of the digits 0 — 9. Some may take a short time, like Shut the Boxwhilst others may intrigue and challenge over more than one lesson, like Dice in a Corner. There are three baskets, a improveent one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs.