P4/5 are continuing to look at a problem a week to develop problem solving skills and thinking mathematically. This week, we revisited a problem we completed earlier in the year and tried a follow up challenge. Children had to read and understand, then formulate a plan to check what amounts would work, making sure they could prove they did not leave any out. This called for working systematically which was a bit challenging!
Lots of focus and concentration, teamwork, problem solving and numeracy skills in use! Today, children were developing understanding of place value, ordering non-consecutive numbers, developing basic math facts fluency, problem solving in Sudoku, taking part in a SUMDOG competition and much more!
Lots of engagement in this one! They all worked hard to find their answer and prove they had found all the options! We discovered six different ways to do this. When asked “what if there was four buttons?”, many children thought it would be eight options and were surprised to find there was actually 24!
This weeks problem proved a little trickier! There was a lot of good discussion using ordinal language and experimenting with resources, we just had to remember we had to work it out from both ends!
Today, P4/5 helped me solve a really tricky problem! First, they discussed and shared ideas for how we could solve it. Then they decided who they wanted to work with or if they wanted to experiment on their own. They gathered any resources from around the room that they thought might help and tried it out! Once they found an answer, they tried it a different way to see if they got the same answer and prove that they were correct. Lots of mathematical thinking and reasoning. Thank you for your help :)