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Using Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills

NRICH has worked with Explore Learning since 2010 to hold the annual Young Mathematicians' Award (YMA). This feature offers guidance on using the YMA tasks for developing problem-solving and group-working skills.

The article gives more detail about the YMA and outlines what we consider to be key problem-solving and group-working skills.  We draw attention to a range of tasks, originally written for the YMA, which will help you support learners in developing this range of skills.

Using Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills link

Using Young Mathematicians' Award Tasks to Develop Problem-solving and Group-working Skills 

Stage: 2

This article for primary teachers uses Young Mathematicians' Award tasks as contexts in which to develop learners' problem-solving and group-working skills.

Six Ten Total link

Six Ten Total live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.

Six Numbered Cubes link

Six Numbered Cubes live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.

Display Boards link

Display Boards live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

The Dice Train link

The Dice Train live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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

Cover the Tray link

Cover the Tray live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Ribbon Squares link

Ribbon Squares live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?