Learning about problem-solving in Key Stage 2 maths Tracy Stuart, year 5 teacher at Ripple Primary School in Barking, presents her lesson on problem-solving. Tracy believes the biggest problem her pupils have with this subject is to work out which operation to use when reading a problem, so she has designed this lesson to help her pupils to develop their understanding of how the language of a problem relates to a particular mathematical operation.
Working in small groups, the pupils have to sort words and phrases, deciding which operation the words relate to, be it addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. Once the pupils have complete their sorting they then work on creating their own word problems
This programme is part of the KS2 Maths Lesson Planning Pack on Problem-solving, which includes two lesson starters, one great lesson idea and a CPD discussion.