Reasoning

maths strategy gameThis is a simple game for two players. The focus is on logical deduction and strategic thinking.

The children pay on a board that consists of an 11-sided polygon (a hendecagon). They start the game by placing a counter on each of the eggs.

Then, they take it in turns to remove either 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The player who picks up the very last counter is the winner.

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two-step written maths problemsThis is a perfect introductory activity, particularly effective when children can work together on mini whiteboards.

As before, print out the file and cut each page into separate strips - each containing one written problem. Give each child a problem slip, and ask the pair to take it in turns to read the maths problem and discuss how it could be attacked. Read more »

multi step problems for school mathsA number of members have asked for another series of the two-stage problems that featured in our original Problem Talk resource.

Here is the result: a set of 20 multi-step written problems, these are specifically designed to offer appropriate challenge for Y2 and Y3 children.

 

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Easter Sudoku PuzzlesThis is a set of three 6 by 6 Sudoku grids featuring Easter Eggs instead of numbers.

The grids follow on from our 4 by 4 Sudoku puzzles but offer a little more challenge. Each puzzles is accompanied by a set of 'Egg tiles' so children can re-arrange the tiles while they solve the puzzle.

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Easter egg sudoku puzzlesThe Sudoku activities in our Christmas Resource book were so well received we decided to offer these Easter Egg themed sudoku puzzles.

These are beginner stage, 4 by 4 grids. They follow the usual Sudoku rules but use Egg pictures instead of numbers. Each puzzle card is accompanied by the appropriate number of coloured egg-tiles so children can complete the problem by re-arranging the tiles. This makes a great interactive display. Read more »

Maths Word ProblemsHere's a maths activity focused on helping children to work out what to do when faced with a two-stage problem.

Working with thinking partners, each child has a problem slip and they take it in turns to read it out and discuss how it could be attacked; discussing what maths functions they need to apply in order to solve the problem. Importantly, they must also decide on the order of those functions and be prepared to explain everything to the rest of the class. Read more »

Calculator maths game - five times tableThis is another clear board game designed to help children develop confidence with products and factors.

The focus here is on the five times-table. Read more »