Articles on Rich Tasks

A useful collection of articles on the topic of rich tasks in mathematics. If you are new to rich tasks then we suggest that you begin by:

Problem Solving: Opening up Problems

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have greater potential.

Rich Tasks and Contexts

What are rich tasks and contexts and why do they matter?

What Is a Mathematically Rich Task?

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Here we describe the essence of a 'rich' mathematical task

Teachers' Experiences of Using NRICH

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This collection of articles, written by teachers, focus on their experiences of embedding NRICH materials into their everyday practice.

A Problem Is a Problem for All That

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

In this article, Jennifer Piggott talks about just a few of the problems with problems that make them such a rich source of mathematics and approaches to learning mathematics.

Using Rich Tasks in an Objective Led Culture

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

As teachers, we appreciate the need to have clear objectives at the start of lessons but have been aware of the limitations this sometimes seems to place on our ability to get the most out of using rich tasks. In this article we talkabotu how we managed this tension.

Using Rich Tasks for the First Time

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

The teachers involved in the Engaging Mathematics Projectwanted to embed rich tasks from the NRICH website into their curriculum for all KS3 and KS4 students. In this article, the teachers share the issues they needed to consider and what they are doing to address them.

Kingsfield School - Building on Rich Starting Points

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Alf and Tracy explain how the Kingsfield School maths department use common tasks to encourage all students to think mathematically about key areas in the curriculum.

Choosing Rich Tasks for Secondary Classes

Stage: 3 and 4

In this article, read about the thinking behind the September 2010 secondary problems and why we hope they will be an excellent selection for a new academic year.

Using Low Threshold High Ceiling Tasks

Stage: 1 and 2

This article explores what LTHC tasks are and why they are a firm favourite here at NRICH. We recommend that you start by reading the article to understand what makes a task LTHC and then delve into some of the activities we have selected.