Being Resilient - Primary

Being Resilient - Primary is part of our Developing Mathematical Habits of Mind Primary collection.  You can see the full collection by scrolling down to the bottom of the Primary Curriculum page.

Good thinkers are resilient. They don't give up easily, and are motivated to work hard and keep going when faced with challenges. They recognise that we all fail sometimes, and when this happens, they bounce back and try alternative approaches.

How do we encourage our learners to become resilient mathematicians?

Here are some problems that may require some determination. If you warn your learners that the solutions may not be immediately obvious, and encourage them to persevere, they may learn to appreciate that success can be sweeter after a struggle.

You can browse through the Number, Measures, Geometry or Statistics collections, or scroll down to see the full set of problems below.


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

Being Resilient - Primary Number

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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

Being Resilient - Primary Measures

Measure problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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

Being Resilient - Primary Geometry

Geometry problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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

Being Resilient - Primary Statistics

Statistics problems at primary level that may require resilience.

Shut the Box

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

An old game but lots of arithmetic!

Button-up

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

Poly Plug Rectangles

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?

Find the Difference

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Inside Triangles

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

Plants

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

Brush Loads

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

The Deca Tree

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.

Fractional Triangles

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

Shape Times Shape

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?

Maze 100

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you go through this maze so that the numbers you pass add to exactly 100?

Cut Nets

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?

Numerically Equal

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

Ten Hidden Squares

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?

The Dice Train

KS 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?

Nine-pin Triangles

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Factor Lines

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Spiralling Decimals

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

Eight Hidden Squares

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

More Children and Plants

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

Estimating Angles

KS 2, 3 & 4 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

How good are you at estimating angles?

Cops and Robbers

KS 2, 3 & 4 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?

Factors and Multiples Game

KS 2, 3 & 4 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

Frogs

KS 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

Two and Two

KS 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.