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Mathseeds Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

How does Mathseeds develop higher‑level thinking skills?

The Mathseeds lessons teach a variety of problem solving strategies with children using interactive manipulatives to solve increasingly difficult maths problems. Every Mathseeds lesson also has a printable problem‑solving task targeting higher‑level critical thinking skills. These challenge pupils from Reception to Year 3 to develop a toolkit of strategies to reason, interpret, analyse and solve increasingly complex problems.

maths problem solving tasks
maths printable problem solving tasks
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Online Lessons Teach Strategies

ABC Mathseeds integrates problem solving into every lesson

Mathematical thinking and problem-solving in every lesson.

  • Strategies, models and interactive manipulatives help pupils learn how to solve problems.
  • Mathematical models include number lines, number charts, part-part whole, number patterns, place value, number bars, graphs and many more.
  • Lessons promote thinking mathematically and developing number sense.
  • Scaffolded learning enables pupils to apply their learning across a range of activities.
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A Structured Approach Builds Confident Pupils

maths problem solving example question and answer

Identify the question, find facts, apply and evaluate.

  • Pupils tackle each problem using the same structure.
  • Underline the question, circle the facts and choose a strategy.
  • Allows pupils to develop critical thinking skills whatever their ability level.
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Printable Problem Solving Tasks for Every Lesson

examples of maths toolkit for problem solving

200 problem solving and critical thinking activities.

  • Integrates problem solving into every lesson.
  • Develops higher-level thinking skills across all mathematics domains.
  • Strategies include act it out, draw diagrams, write equations, use tables, mental computation and logical thinking.
  • Pages include collaborative elements and analysis where pupils are asked to think about their thinking, communicate this to others and justify their mathematical reasoning.
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Online Games

example of problem solving mini game

Mini games in the Arcade prepare pupils for more difficult problem‑solving opportunities.

  • Problem solving strategy games in the Games arcade develop logical thinking.
  • Introduces early problem‑solving thinking.
  • Fun, interactive and levelled to challenge pupils.
  • Games include: Pack Your bags, Cow Jump, Where’s My shadow, Shape Tip, True or False.