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Everyone at Holy Trinity College Cookstown is participating in Maths Week
St Patricks GS Maths Department Downpatrick are having a Maths 'MEME' Competition
Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry are participating in Maths Week
Mrs Crosby's class at Harmony Hill Primary School are participating in Maths Week
The entire St. Catherine's Senior School, Cabra, Dublin 7 are participating in Maths Week
p3/p4 MrsColeman/MrsDragen at ST Marys ps Derrytrasna are participating in Maths Week
Junior and Senior Infants at Glanworth NS are participating in Maths Week
Primary 5 and 6 at The Diamond Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí are participating in Maths Week
Thornhill College are participating in Maths Week
P1 and P2 classes at St John the Baptist PS Belleek Co Fermanagh are participating in Maths Week
Transition Year at Sacred Heart School Tullamore are participating in Maths Week
Shanagolden N.S are participating in Maths Week
Scoil Mhuire , Ballyhogue National School are participating in Maths Week
4A class at Killorglin CC are participating in Maths Week
11A at St Aidan's High School Derrylin are participating in Maths Week
Oylegate NS are participating in Maths Week
4th/5th class at Kildysart NS are participating in Maths Week
St Marys SNS Blessington are participating in Maths Week
Mercy Primary Belfast are participating in Maths Week
5th Class at Robertstown National School are participating in Maths Week
Whole school at St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Keady are participating in Maths Week
P4 KCPS at Kilbride Central Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Kilbride Central Primary School are participating in Maths Week
P3 KCPS at Kilbride Central Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Thornhill College are participating in Maths Week
KCPC P2 at Kilbride Central Primary School are participating in Maths Week
KCPS P7 at Kilbride Central Primary School are participating in Maths Week
St Joseph's College are participating in Maths Week
Scoil Realta na Maidine are participating in Maths Week
KCPS P6 at Kilbride Central Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Kilmacrennan N.S are participating in Maths Week
1st - 6th Classes at Ballintrillick National school (St Aidans) are participating in Maths Week
P5DB at St Malachy's PS, Bangor are participating in Maths Week
Students of St. Mary's College are participating in Maths Week
Students of Scoil Nuachabháil are participating in Maths Week
Rainbow Room at Bishop Murphy Memorial School are participating in Maths Week
Senior Classes at St. Francis NS are participating in Maths Week
Bishopstown Community School at Bishopstown Community School are participating in Maths Week
All children in Ballyhackett Primary School Castlerock are participating in Maths Week
All the boys and girls at St. Brigid's NS., Greystones are participating in Maths Week
Cork Educate Together Secondary School are participating in Maths Week
Primary at St Columba's PS are participating in Maths Week
P6 at Drumahoe Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Mr Daly's class at Sacred Heart College Omagh, are participating in Maths Week
St Mary's Primary School, Barr are participating in Maths Week
Primary 4B at Drumahoe Primary School are participating in Maths Week
All Pupils at Morning Star B.N.S. are Maths Trail, puzzles, maths activities
Maths classes at St Mary's College, Irvinestown are participating in Maths Week
4th class at Bishop Galvin Central School, Newcestown are participating in Maths Week
Armagh CBS are participating in Maths Week
Naíonáin-Rang 6 at Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan are participating in Maths Week
Foundation to KS2 at St Marys PS Lisbuoy are participating in Maths Week
9JM at Tandragee Junior High are participating in Maths Week
P4C at Drumahoe Primary are participating in Maths Week
Donagh N.S. Carndonogh are participating in Maths Week
P1-P7 classes at Cloughoge Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Mount Anville Secondary School are participating in Maths Week
Saint Mary's Primary Portaferry are participating in Maths Week
Junior Room and Senior Room at Drumfad NS are participating in Maths Week
Junior Infants - 2nd class at Ratoath Junior National School are participating in Maths Week
P6/7S at Drumahoe Primary School are participating in Maths Week
St Paul's Primary School Cabra are participating in Maths Week
TY A class at St. Clares College, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan are participating in Maths Week
Scoil Náisiúnta Chuillinn Uí Chaoimh / Cullen N.S. are participating in Maths Week
2nd/3rd/4th classes at Ballintleva National School are participating in Maths Week
Tá ranganna 3,4,5 agus 6, Scoil Chúil-Aodha/Barr d'Ínse ag glacadh pairt i seachtain mhata
P5M at Drumahoe Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Mrs Hanifin's class at Scoil Mhuire agus Naomh Treasa are participating in Maths Week
1st years at St Aloysius, Crawford St, Cork are participating in Maths Week
5th& 6th class at Saint Leonard's Wexford are participating in Maths Week
All students at Urbleshanny N.S. are participating in Maths Week
Carnmoney Primary School are participating in Maths Week
P7 - Mrs Hegarty's class at Drumahoe Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Rathkeale No. 2 School Limerick are participating in Maths Week
1st & 2nd class at St. Patrick's National School, Dalkey are participating in Maths Week
Arklow CBS are Participating in Maths Week
St.Mary's Primary School Bellaghy are participating in Maths Week
Senior classes at Ballintleva N.S. are participating in Maths Week
3rd and 4th Class at Cloughjordan No.1. N.S. are participating in Maths Week
Juniors at St. Augustine's College are participating in Maths Week
Year 5 at St John's Coleraine are participating in Maths Week
Cloverhill NS are participating in Maths Week
3rd & 4th Class at St. Patrick's National School, Dalkey are participating in Maths Week
Junior & Senior Infants at St. Patrick's National School, Dalkey are participating in Maths Week
P1/2 at St. Joseph's Primary School Ballymartin are Problem Solving with a focus on Measures
St Mary's Primary, Newcastle are participating in Maths Week
KS1 and KS2 classes at St Joseph's Primary School, Lisburn are participating in Maths Week
P1 - P7 at Ashgrove Primary School are participating in Maths Week
All children in St Cronans SNS are participating in Maths Week
Saintfield High School are participating in Maths Week
Cullina N.S are participating in Maths Week http://www.cullinanationalschool.ie/
P1 -P7 classes at Tempo Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Scoil Úna Naofa, Crumlin are participating in Maths Week
St Colmans PS, Saval, Newry are participating in Maths Week
2nd year at St. Mel's College, Longford are participating in Maths Week
Reception to Year 7 classes at Gillygooley Primary School are participating in Maths Week
St.Mary's Academy, CBS, Carlow are participating in Maths Week- Maths Orienteering; Maths Quiz; Problem Solving Competitions
Years 1 - 7 at Eglinton Primary School are participating in Maths Week
P5 W at Londonderry Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Blennerville Adders at St Brendan's N.S. are participating in Maths Week
Primary 5 at St. Patrick's Legamaddy are participating in Maths Week
Fybough NS are participating in Maths Week
Gallen Community School Ferbane are participating in Maths Week
Primary 1-7 at Saint Macartan's Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd class at St. Patrick's Junior N.S. Newtowndrangan are participating in Maths Week
Transition Year 4C at St Clares Comprehensive Manorhamilton are participating in Maths Week
Fourth class at Swinford National School are participating in Maths Week
Creeslough N.S are participating in Maths Week
Ardscoil Phadraig ,Granard are participating in Maths Week
All students at Gorey Community School are participating in Maths Week
Children at Clyde Cottage Nursery Dunoon, Scotland are participating in Maths Week
P1-P7 class at Carnlough Controlled Integrated Primary School are participating in Maths Week
Year 5 at Gibson P.S Omagh are participating in Maths Week
1st years at St Raphaels College, Loughrea, Co. Galway are taking part in "Theme Park Maths"
Junior Infants class at Crusheen National School are participating in Maths Week
KINSALE COMMUNITY SCHOOL are participating in Maths Week
St. Patrick's Senior NS, Drangan are participating in Maths Week
2nd class at Rathpeacon NS are participating in Maths Week
Colaiste Chu Chulainn Dundalk are participating in Maths Week
St Bride's Primary School Belfast are participating in Maths Week
The senior 3/mathsbusters class at St Peters school Rathgar are participating in Maths Week
All students at Kilcolman National School are participating in Maths Week
Scoil Dara Kilcock are participating in Maths Week
Mr Lavelles Maths class at Bangor NS are participating in Maths Week
All students at Glenart College are participating in Maths Week
P1-P7 class at Glenwood primary School are participating in Maths Week
Junior Room and Senior Room at Drumfad NS are participating in Maths Week
Entire School at Blessington Community College are participating in Maths Week
Prime Suspects class at Scoil Treasa Naofa are participating in Maths Week
Miss O Sullivan's Fifth Class at St Mary's convent primary school Nenagh are participating in Maths Week
Senior Classes class at Kilbarron National School are participating in Maths Week
Key stage 2 class at Forge Integrated Primary are participating in Maths Week
O'Carolan College Nobber are participating in Maths Week
Maths Week Team at Calmast are Coordinating Maths Week
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Developing Problem Solving in your school

This web page is being developed and more content is being added to each section.

Developing problem solving is a huge part of the primary curriculum. It encompasses every strand of maths and should be incorporated into each and every maths lesson. Why then is it that it is the area that many schools say they have the most difficulty with?

The workshop developed by Maths Week Ireland aims to help teachers unpick what problem solving really looks like in the classroom and how they can develop it within their pupils. One of the first things addressed in the workshop is 'word problems' and how this is not actually what defines problem solving. Yes it is a part of problem solving but it is only one, very minor part.

Bar modelling is an effective strategy for helping pupils represent word problems. It is a visual representation of a problem and can be used for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. When exposed to it pupils learn how to draw 'bars' to represent the known parts of a problem. It can be best explained using problems. Click here to read about bar modelling.

The other elements to developing problem solving with your pupils include:

 

Every single lesson in maths should be a problem solving lesson. Click on the headings above to read more about how you can develop this in your classroom.

Some useful problem solving resources:

  • Ten frame: it is important to remember that each box in a ten frame does not always have to represent one. What if each box represented one fifth or 0.1? What would the whole then represent?
  • Part whole model
  • Number Line (0-20)
  • Blank number line
  • Bead strings
  • Any counting object
  • Cuisenaire rods or fraction bars (for use as bar models)

 

If you are interested in speaking to someone from the Maths Week team about developing problem solving in your school please email mathsweek@wit.ie.