Using National Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills

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Using National Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills

NRICH has worked with Explore Learning since 2010 to hold the annual National Young Mathematicians' Award (NYMA). This feature offers guidance on using the NYMA tasks for developing problem-solving and group-working skills.

The article gives more detail about the NYMA and outlines what we consider to be key problem-solving and group-working skills.  We draw attention to a range of tasks, originally written for the NYMA, which will help you support learners in developing this range of skills.

Using National Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills link

Using National Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills 

Stage: 2

This article for primary teachers uses National Young Mathematicians' Award tasks as contexts in which to develop learners' problem-solving and group-working skills.

What Is the National Young Mathematicians' Award? link

What Is the National Young Mathematicians' Award? 

Stage: 2

This brief article, written for upper primary students and their teachers, explains what the Young Mathematicians' Award is and links to all the related resources on NRICH.

Six Ten Total link

Six Ten Total 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.

Six Numbered Cubes link

Six Numbered Cubes 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.

Display Boards link

Display Boards 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

The Dice Train link

The Dice Train 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?

Cover the Tray link

Cover the Tray 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Ribbon Squares link

Ribbon Squares 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?