Reasoning and Convincing at KS1

It's quite hard to pin down what 'reasoning' looks like. At KS1 we're looking for good 'because' statements. And if there are two or more which make a chain, that's progress. 

Poly Plug Rectangles

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

I Like ...

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?

How Odd

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?


Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

These pieces of wallpaper need to be ordered from smallest to largest. Can you find a way to do it?

A Bag of Marbles

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?

Two Numbers Under the Microscope

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

This investigates one particular property of number by looking closely at an example of adding two odd numbers together.

Lots of Lollies

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?

If the World Were a Villagelive

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

This activity is based on data in the book 'If the World Were a Village'. How will you represent your chosen data for maximum effect?

In the Playground

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?

Guess the Dominoes

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

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