Problem Solving in Primary Maths - the Session

In this programme from Teachers TV Mark Valentine, teaching head of Nethermill Primary School near Dumfries, gives a group of four upper Key Stage Two children a challenging problem to solve, looking at the interior and exterior angles of polygons and how they relate to the number of sides.

The problem requires the children to listen to each other and to work together co-operatively. The two boys and two girls are closely observed as they consider how to tackle the problem, make mistakes, get stuck and arrive at the "eureka" moment. They organise the data they collect and are then able to spot patterns and relate them to the original problem to find a formula to work out the exterior angle of any polygon.

At the end of the session the children report back to Mark, explaining how they arrived at the solution, an important part of the problem solving process.

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