Developing Group-working Skills

Developing Group-working Skills

This collection of activities offers an opportunity for you to focus on improving children's group-working skills. Read the articles to find out how group tasks help to develop children's problem-solving skills and our reasons for selecting these particular tasks.
In this article for teachers, Jennie Pennant outlines how group-worthy tasks support the development of children's problem-solving skills.

Group-working Skills 

Age 5 to 11
This article for teachers suggests a range of activities to help children get better at working in groups.

Guess the Houses 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.

Number Match 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Arranging Cubes 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
A task which depends on members of the group working collaboratively to reach a single goal.

En-counters 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
This task requires learners to explain and help others, asking and answering questions.

Counters in the Middle 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.

Fraction Match 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

What Shape? 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
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.