London South West Maths Hub


Effective Approaches to Problem-solving (Primary)


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The work group utilises many aspects of the teaching for mastery programme, coherence and curriculum design in particular. Where the TfM programme focuses on subject knowledge e.g. number) it is hard to isolate a discrete emphasis on the development of generic problem solving thinking skills. The work group approach mirrors others as the joint sessions will provide inspiration, guidance and reflection for the work back in schools with pupils. Participants would be selected for schools who have embedded a TfM approach already, and are able to build on their skills in applying the approach to problem solving.
What is involved
  • Carry out gaps analyses to identify children whose levels of fluency are ‘at odds’ with their ability to apply this in creative ways
  • Trial and share practice to address the needs of these pupils
  • Explore, unpick and develop approaches for teaching problem solving – both in synchronous participant sessions and in class
  • Share best practice at LA subject leader network meetings
When and where
All workshops will take place online.
Times: 13.30 - 15:00
1. Thursday 11 March 2021
2. Thursday 29 April 2021
3. Thursday 17 June 2021