Being Collaborative - Primary

Being Collaborative - 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 collaborate and communicate. They work productively with other people, valuing different points of view. They are willing to change their mind when presented with convincing arguments. They know when to seek help, when to support others, when to speak up and when to compromise.

How do we help our learners to become better at collaborating mathematically? Read this article to find out more about the importance of collaborative problem solving (CPS) and the impact it can have on your pupils.

These problems are ideal to work on with others. If you encourage your learners to work in pairs or small groups and share ideas, they may learn to recognise that two heads can be better than one.

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 Collaborative - Primary Number

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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

Being Collaborative - Primary Measures

Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.

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

Being Collaborative - Primary Geometry

Geometry problems for primary learners to work on with others.

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

Being Collaborative - Primary Statistics

Statistics problems for primary learners to work on with others.

Matching Time

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

Thirsty?

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?

Shut the Box

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

An old game but lots of arithmetic!

Guess the Houses

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Jig Shapes

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?

Five Steps to 50

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?

Sticky Data

KS 1 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

You'll need to work in a group on this problem. Can you use your sticky notes to show the answer to questions such as 'how many boys and girls are there in your group?'.

Snail One Hundred

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.

Fraction Match

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

En-counters

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Totality

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

This is an adding game for two players.

Arranging Cubes

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Dotty Six

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.

Number Match

KS 1 & 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Nim-7

KS 1, 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Guess the Dominoes

KS 1, 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Quad Match

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Probably ...

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

You'll need to work in a group for this problem. The idea is to decide, as a group, whether you agree or disagree with each statement.

Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

The Car That Passes

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

What statements can you make about the car that passes the school gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and test your ideas?

Arranging Counters

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Counters in the Middle

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Stringy Quads

KS 2 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

Dice in a Corner

KS 2 Challenge Level:

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

How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?

Stick Images

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

What Shape?

KS 2 & 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.

Making Rectangles

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

Castles in the Middle

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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

First Connect Three

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Got It

KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

Which Solid?

KS 2, 3 & 4 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.

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?

Doughnut Percents

KS 2, 3 & 4 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

A task involving the equivalence between fractions, percentages and decimals which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Estimating Angles

KS 2, 3 & 4 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

How good are you at estimating angles?

Coordinate Patterns

KS 3 & 4 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

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