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# Being Collaborative - Primary Teachers

*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.

Additionally you may find that these tasks support the development of other problem-solving skills and mathematical habits of mind, which you could choose to highlight as and when they arise.

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

### Being Collaborative - Primary Number

### Being Collaborative - Primary Measures

### Being Collaborative - Primary Geometry

### Being Collaborative - Primary Statistics

### En-counters

### Sticky Data

### Guess the Houses

### Thirsty?

### Number Match

### Fraction Match

### Jig Shapes

### Counters in the Middle

### First Connect Three

### Shape Draw

### Guess the Dominoes

### Quad Match

### Stringy Quads

### Arranging Cubes

### Arranging Counters

### Dice in a Corner

### The Dice Train

### Stick Images

### What Shape?

### Got It

### Doughnut Percents

### Castles in the Middle

### Making Rectangles

### Which Solid?

### Factors and Multiples Game

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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.

Additionally you may find that these tasks support the development of other problem-solving skills and mathematical habits of mind, which you could choose to highlight as and when they arise.

Age 5 to 11

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Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

Age 5 to 11

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Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.

Age 5 to 11

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Geometry problems for primary learners to work on with others.

Age 5 to 11

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Statistics problems for primary learners to work on with others.

Age 5 to 7

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

Age 5 to 7

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

Age 5 to 7

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

Age 5 to 7

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

Age 5 to 11

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

Age 5 to 11

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

Age 5 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Age 7 to 11

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Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 11

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

Age 7 to 14

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

Age 7 to 14

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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.

Age 7 to 14

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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.

Age 7 to 14

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

Age 7 to 14

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

Age 7 to 14

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

Age 7 to 16

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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.

Age 7 to 16

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