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Here we gather together tasks and articles which help will support teachers in helping learners reason for different purposes and in different ways, and to get better at reasoning.
Reasoning is fundamental to knowing and doing mathematics but when do we reason, what does reasoning 'look like' and how can we help children get better at it? This feature is in two parts:
The first article and accompanying selection of tasks offer opportunities for learners to reason for different purposes and in different ways.
The second article and accompanying tasks offer support in helping learners become expert reasoners.
Reasoning: Identifying Opportunities (Article)
5 to 11
In this article for primary teachers we consider in depth when we might reason which helps us understand what reasoning 'looks like'.
Reasoning: Identifying Opportunities (Selection of Tasks)
5 to 11
These tasks offer opportunities for learners to reason for different purposes and in different ways.
Reasoning: the Journey from Novice to Expert (Article)
5 to 11
This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which we can help learners move from being novice reasoners to expert reasoners.
Reasoning: The Journey from Novice to Expert (Selection of Tasks)
5 to 11
These tasks particularly lend themselves to helping children along the journey from novice reasoner to expert reasoner.
Reasoning and Convincing at KS1
Reasoning and Convincing at KS2
Improving Reasoning: Analysing Alternative Approaches
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