Problem Solving and Reasoning

Strategies and activities to embed mathematical problem solving and reasoning


The new national curriculum places increased emphasis on children's ability to 'reason mathematically' and 'problem solve by applying their understanding'. Problem Solving and Reasoning and More Problem Solving and Reasoning will help develop teacher's understanding of effective problem solving strategies and introduce them into everyday maths lessons.

  • Develop children's mathematical fluency with open-ended questions
  • Enhance maths teaching with key problem solving strategies
  • Deepen children's understanding with easy-to-follow reasoning activities

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How will the Problem Solving and Reasoning series help my teaching?

  • Develop good to outstanding maths teaching by encouraging children to apply their learning
  • Deepen children's understanding of the new programme of study for mathematics 
  • Gain everything you need to encourage children to reason in every lesson
  • Time-saving prepared weekly activities can be used and edited for your class 
  • Improve your own understanding of problem solving strategies with clear explanations and support 

See Problem Solving and Reasoning in action

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What you get in this series

Problem Solving and Reasoning

  • Teacher’s Guides for Year 1-6 including 14 strategies and 18 investigative activities with whiteboard materials
  • Permanent online access to the resources via My Rising Stars for all teachers.

More Problem Solving and Reasoning - NEW!

  • Teacher’s Guides for Year 1-6 including 17 strategies (3 new
  • strategies) and 18 new investigative activities
  • Permanent online access to the resources via My Rising Stars for all of your teachers.

Download the Problem Solving and Reasoning brochure

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