 Brookland

Junior School

# Maths

Problem Solving!

Problem solving relates to using a wide range of mathematical skills. Problems may involve your use of shape and space, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division- any area of maths in fact.

However, reasoning skills will need to be used such as logical thinking, working systematically (doing things in a particular order) and reading comprehension skills.

1) As with any maths problem you ALWAYS need to carefully READ what the problem is asking/ telling you. Read it aloud if you can.

2) UNDERSTAND which area of maths the problem is related to and which OPERATIONS you may need to use (if any).

• First I will need to... Then I will...

3) Realise what you ALREADY KNOW about the problem (the problem itself will often give you all the information you need to solve it).

• I know that... so I also know that...

4)  CONTINUE solving the problem- BREAK IT DOWN into smaller steps if you need to. Build it/ draw it/ say it

5) CHECK your solution- work backwards using inverse operations (if appropriate).

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