Results for "problem solving" (46)

The problem with problem solving

I believe Albert Einstein was once asked “If you have one hour to save the world, how would you spend that hour?”He replied, “I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and then five minutes solving it.”When asking 20 mathematics teachers to define problem solving you are likely to get 21 different definitions. In its recent report Problem...

Using manipulatives to enhance understanding and problem solving in primary mathematicsMY005

This exciting new CPD will encourage active learning in primary mathematics lessons with the use of different manipulatives. Research suggests that the use of manipulatives is beneficial to all children's mathematical understanding, and can help children's retention, problem solving and reasoning. During this course...

Confused by worded problems?

Whilst taking part in a professional development course run by NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) recently, we were asked this question:Laura had $240. She spent 5/8 of it. How much money did she have left?When asked this type of question, 78% of children in Singapore got the answer correct whilst only 25% of children in...

Fermi problems: making maths a fun real-world tool

Problem solving and group work are two major skills we all hope to foster in our pupils. One way to help them develop these skills is to challenge them with Fermi problems.Enrico Fermi (1901 to 1954) was a Nobel Prize winning physicist, who was also famous for giving his audience fun problems, using approximate analysis to find an answer. These have since...

Bringing science to life in your primary classroom

If you were asked to name a scientist or an engineer who would you name?Would it be someone who you commonly see on TV such as Sir David Attenborough or Professor Brian Cox? Or would you reach into history and call on Issac Newton, Marie Curie or Albert Einstein?These scientists helped us to understand more about the world we live in, but what about the...

Assessing, moderating and tracking primary mathematicsMY032

How can you combine conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, reasoning and problem solving to accurately assess performance in mathematics? With the standardised levels of assessment removed and a focus on a deep sustainable learning of mathematics, measuring attainment of your children across the curriculum...

Developing STEM in the primary curriculumRP293

During this session you will identify the skills needed to become successful in STEM and learn how to integrate STEM skills into the primary curriculum.

How does the Mastery Approach help progress in mathematics?

How do we know when a child has really understood a new mathematics concept? Is it when they can show a whole page of ticks? Or when they can answer related word problems? Or is it when they get the question right in a test?As an SLE for primary mathematics, I have the luxury of regularly visiting schools in my local area to support in the development of...

Human robots, dance and the Haka – enriching the KS1 curriculum through codingCY008

Many activities children engage with at KS1 are based on logical reasoning and problem solving. The ability to break activities and problems into smaller parts and reflect on how they are ‘pieced together’ to achieve an outcome, allows children to better understand the world around them and work more effectively...

Computing for students with complex SEND needsCY700

The computing curriculum provides the opportunity to teach pupils key problem-solving skills, as well as supporting literacy, numeracy and life skills through a variety of unplugged and computer-based activities.This course will provide you with the confidence and practical ideas to adapt the curriculum for the...

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