On the cards

10th January 2003 at 00:00
PROBLEM SOLVING 1. PROBLEM SOLVING 2. By Thomas O'Brien. Ginn and Company. Key Stage 1. Part of a series incorporating Years 1 to 6. pound;24.99 each, pound;44.95 for both titles or pound;139.95 for all six books Tel: 01865 888 000

Email: enquiries@ginn.co.uk


One of the objectives of education is to equip children with the techniques to solve problems.

It is one of six key skills in the national curriculum and is intrinsic to maths. The Problem Solving series is an impressive collection of practical activities to help children use and apply skills.

Each book contains an problems and puzzles to stimulate children's creativity and thinking.

There are 36 units within each book, each containing five problems and all corresponding to topics covered in the numeracy strategy sample medium-term plans.

The content will easily supplement any maths programme. Problem Solving provides teachers' notes, answers, tips and extension suggestions and it's flexible structure will allow differentiation.

To monitor progress, there are record-keeping sheets for individuals and the whole class.

Problem Solving delivers a lot but what it doesn't do is give teachers a much-needed guide to teaching problem solving itself. Nevertheless, this collection of books will prove useful for whole-class teaching and will certainly contribute towards improving children's maths.

John Dabell is the maths co-ordinator at Derby High Junior School

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now