Reflecting on Methods, Improving Solutions

Reflecting on Methods, Improving Solutions

The tasks in this feature have been designed to encourage learners to be curious about different routes to a solution.
The tasks in this feature have been designed to encourage learners to be curious about different routes to a solution.  By sharing and discussing alternative approaches, children will begin to develop a 'toolkit' of methods so they can make more informed decisions about which approach to take on a future occasion. 

Giving learners the chance to reflect on their problem solving in this way will help them become more resilient problem solvers and to value the problem-solving journey, not just the answer.


Butterfly Flowers 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on the flower?

3 Blocks Towers 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?

The Tall Tower 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

Gathering Gems 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
Using compass points, can you describe up to ten paths on this map so that you bring as many gems back home as possible?

Different Deductions 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?

In the Money 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?

Two Primes Make One Square 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

Fruity Totals 

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:
In this interactivity each fruit has a hidden value. Can you deduce what each one is worth?