Developing Group-working Skills

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Developing Group-working Skills

This collection of activities offers an opportunity for you to focus on improving children's group-working skills. Read the articles to find out how group tasks help to develop children's problem-solving skills and our reasons for selecting these particular tasks.

Group-worthy Tasks and Their Potential to Support Children to Develop Independent Problem-solving Skills link

Group-worthy Tasks and Their Potential to Support Children to Develop Independent Problem-solving Skills 

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for teachers, Jennie Pennant outlines how group-worthy tasks support the development of children's problem-solving skills.

Group-working Skills link

Group-working Skills 

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers suggests a range of activities to help children get better at working in groups.

Guess the Houses link

Guess the Houses 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.

Number Match link

Number Match 

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Arranging Cubes link

Arranging Cubes 

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A task which depends on members of the group working collaboratively to reach a single goal.

En-counters link

En-counters 

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This task requires learners to explain and help others, asking and answering questions.

Counters in the Middle link

Counters in the Middle 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.

Fraction Match link

Fraction Match 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

What Shape? link

What Shape? 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This task develops spatial reasoning skills. By framing and asking questions a member of the team has to find out what mathematical object they have chosen.