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Problem Solving

Henry Maynard Primary School seeks to foster confident, proactive learners who possess the transferable skills and decision making capabilities required to succeed in the education system and beyond, into adult life.

Opportunities to use the core skills with which children have been equipped offer them the chance to develop their own logical and methodical approaches to problems, as well as encouraging perseverance and determination as a positive personality trait.


Visit the Science Museum launchpad website for some exciting logic games

As part of our Problem Solving policy all Maths lessons are expected to include an element of problem solving; this, for example, may come in the form of an investigative task or the exploration of different processes to reach a given end. 

Problem Solving at school

In KS1 the Impact homework task is designed to reinforce the maths skills that have been taught that week, allowing children to consolidate this knowledge in their own way.
In KS2 children homework is largely Literacy based, with children given the freedom to present their work in the manner they see as appropriate. This allows children to approach tasks in a more creative, autonomous manner. 

Once again we will be working with the charity Chess in Schools, with all Year 4 students learning the moves and strategies of the game in weekly lessons delivered by specialist chess tutors. In addition to this we will be running an extra curricular chess club for those who wish to continue the chess tutoring they received last year. This club will also be run by our specialist tutors who hope to select a team that will represent our school in intra-school competitions. This began towards the end of last year and resulted in immediate success, with one of our pupils winning a Waltham Forest schools tournament so we look forward to building on this great start this year.
There is much research to suggest that regular exposure to chess has beneficial effects on child development, attainment across all subjects and the ability to synthesize information to aid decision making.
The ICT and computing syllabus has been rewritten for this academic year, with coding now featuring more heavily throughout all age groups. All children at Henry Maynard will this year be taught coding, using programmes such as Scratch, Hopscotch and a variety of apps available on the iPad. These lessons will develop problem solving skills in students as well as developing the skills necessary for a future heavily dependent on ICT.

The following coding apps are available to download to tablets and are suitable for KS1/2 children.
Hopscotch (KS2)
Scratch (KS1/2)
Daisy The Dinosaur (FS/ KS1)
Tynker (KS1/2)
Kodable (KS1)

Our Foundation Stage curriculum is largely child led, allowing children to explore a range of practical tasks independently and as part of a group. Teachers seek to consolidate and further
children's understanding through the setting of challenges and tasks that reinforce these independent learning experiences.

Problem Solving in KS1 and KS2

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