Being a confident problem solver is central to the mathematical development of all our learners. It is also one of the aims of the mathematics national curriculum in England. We support our children to develop the skills they need to tackle problems by the classroom culture we create. It is one where questioning and deep thinking are valued, mistakes are seen as useful, all children contribute and their suggestions are valued, being stuck is seen as honourable and children learn from shared discussion with the teacher, Teaching Assistant and peers.
To help guide you to support your child when problem solving, we have produced two documents to explain how we do this in school. It is important that we all work together to solve problems in a similar way so that children are not confused.
The parent lunch sessions that we hold each year always involve problem solving and these methods are discussed to ensure that we all understand this. We hope the documents below help to remind you of what we discussed at the last parent lunch and support you in supporting your child at home.