# Primary Maths: Problem Solving Resources

The activities for 7 to 10 year old provide a range of one and two step problems involving all four operations. The resources combine words, images and diagrams to pose and resolve the problems. Many of the problems involve time and units of measurement.

For ages: 7 to 8
Chocolate Problems
First used for Objective
Derive and recall multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times-tables and the corresponding division facts; recognise multiples of 2, 5 or 10 up to 1000
I know the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times-tables and use them for division facts
Year 3, Block B, Unit 1

For ages: 7 to 8
Sweet, Sweet Sums
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time, choosing and carrying out appropriate calculations
I can explain how I solve problems
Year 3, Block B, Unit 2

For ages: 7 to 8
Count the people getting on and off the bus, represent the problem using mathematical notation and work out how many peo... more info
First used for Objective
Represent the information in a puzzle or problem using numbers, images or diagrams; use these to find a solution and present it in context, where appropriate using ?.p notation or units of measure
I can draw pictures and make notes to help me solve a problem
Year 3, Block B, Unit 2

For ages: 7 to 8
Correct Change
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time, choosing and carrying out appropriate calculations.
I can solve a problem by writing down what calculation I should do.
Year 3, Block B, Unit 3

For ages: 8 to 10
Mending Fences
Mend the gap in the fence by dragging posts and panels to fill the gap. Watch which pieces you are using in the list and... more info
First used for Objective
Describe and explain methods, choices and solutions to puzzles and problems, orally and in writing, using pictures and diagrams.
I can explain how the class used information to solve a problem.
Year 3, Block C, Unit 3

For ages: 7 to 8
Planet Problems
The galactic map is incomplete, can you use the information in the diagram to calculate the missing measurements. Use ad... more info
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time, choosing and carrying out appropriate calculations
I can explain how I found the answer to a word problem that involves measurements
Year 3, Block D, Unit 3

For ages: 7 to 8
Mystery Number
Triangle man thinks of a number he doubles it he adds another number to it - can you use the inverse operations, doublin... more info
First used for Objective
Use knowledge of number operations and corresponding inverses, including doubling and halving, to estimate and check calculations
I can check whether the answer to a calculation is correct
Year 3, Block D, Unit 3

For ages: 7 to 8
Alien Operation
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time, choosing and carrying out appropriate calculations.
I can recognise when a word problem involves multiplication or division.
Year 3, Block E, Unit 2

For ages: 7 to 8
Piggy Bank Problems
Put the coins in the piggy bank and add them up as you go. Use the number line to keep a running total of how much money... more info
First used for Objective
Describe and explain methods, choices and solutions to puzzles and problems, orally and in writing, using pictures and diagrams.
I can explain how I solve problems.
Year 3, Block A, Unit 1

For ages: 8 to 9
Running Problems
We know how many metres Zero Â G has run and how much time it has taken him. Can we use that information with multiplicat... more info
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time; choose and carry out appropriate calculations, using calculator methods where appropriate
I can solve problems involving measures and time
Year 4, Block D, Unit 2

For ages: 9 to 10
Pen Shop Problems
Triangle Man is shopping for some new pens and pencils. Read the word problem describing the items he is going to buy th... more info
First used for Objective
Report solutions to puzzles and problems, giving explanations and reasoning orally and in writing, using diagrams and symbols
I can create number sentences to solve problems and puzzles
Year 4, Block A, Unit 2

For ages: 8 to 10
Calculator
Use the calculator to solve the problems one step at time. Use the note pad to jot down numbers in between calculations.... more info
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time; choose and carry out appropriate calculations, using calculator methods where appropriate
I can choose what calculation to work out and I can decide whether a calculator will help me
Year 4, Block D, Unit 1

For ages: 9 to 10
Cake Problem
Zero G has found a cake recipe but it will only make a cake big enough for 6 prople. Help him Solve this problem by adap... more info
First used for Objective
Explain reasoning using diagrams, graphs and text; refine ways of recording using images and symbols
I can write down how I solved a problem, showing every step
Year 5, Block A, Unit 1

For ages: 9 to 11
Mathrobats
The amazing mathrobats are performing all kinds of balancing tricks. Can you use the information they tell you to answer... more info
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving whole numbers and decimals and all four operations, choosing and using appropriate calculation strategies, including calculator use
I can identify the steps I need to take to solve problems
Year 5, Block D, Unit 1

For ages: 9 to 10
Pasta Problems
Zero Gravity is at the shops buying some spaghetti. He needs at least one kilogram for dinner but he'd like to have enou... more info
First used for Objective
Solve one-step and two-step problems involving whole numbers and decimals and all four operations, choosing and using appropriate calculation strategies, including calculator use
I can decide what calculations to do to solve a problem and how to do them (mental methods, jottings, written methods, calculator)
Year 5, Block D, Unit 2

For ages: 9 to 11
Souper Market
Use a calculator or written methods to solve a multi-step problem. Develop efficient methods to solve problems involving... more info
First used for Objective
Use a calculator to solve problems involving multi-step calculations
I can use a calculator to solve problems with more than one step
Year 6, Block A, Unit 1

For ages: 9 to 11
Crazy Paving
Work out which paving is better value for money by calculating the area of the paving. Then see whether the larger or sm... more info
First used for Objective
Solve multi-step problems, and problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages; choose and use appropriate calculation strategies at each stage, including calculator use
I can solve problems with several steps and decide how to carry out the calculation
Year 6, Block D, Unit 1

For ages: 10 to 11
Successful Steps
Investigate the relationship between the length of the side of a square and its perimeter. Investigate isf any there is... more info
First used for Objective
Explain reasoning and conclusions, using words, symbols or diagrams as appropriate
I can talk about how I solve problems
Year 6, Block E, Unit 1

For ages: 10 to 11
Deals on Meals
First used for Objective
Solve multi-step problems, and problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages; choose and use appropriate calculation strategies at each stage, including calculator use
I can work out problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages using a range of methods
Year 6, Block E, Unit 1

For ages: 10 to 11
Space Cinema Problems
Solve multi-step problems involving mixed currency units. Use either a calculator of efficient written methods to solve ... more info
First used for Objective
Use a calculator to solve problems involving multi-step calculations
I can use a calculator to solve problems with more than one step
Year 6, Block B, Unit 2

For ages: 10 to 11
Multi Step Toy Calculator
Approximate the cost in pounds of several toys by using rounding. Round each toy to the nearest Â£10 and use a calculator... more info
First used for Objective
Use a calculator to solve problems involving multi-step calculations
I can use a calculator to solve problems with several steps
Year 6, Block D, Unit 2

For ages: 10 to 11
Party Food Calculations
Interpret the results of multi-step calculations relating to real life problems.Work out how many packets of cocktail st... more info
First used for Objective
Use a calculator to solve problems involving multi-step calculations
I can, when needed, use a calculator to solve problems
Year 6, Block E, Unit 1

For ages: 10 to 11
Cake Calculator
First used for Objective
Use a calculator to solve problems involving multi-step calculations
I can solve problems involving more than one step
Year 6, Block C, Unit 3

For ages: 6 to 7
Number Sentence 2
Use modelling skill to explain how subtraction relates to real life events. Word problems relating to simple subtractio... more info
First used for Objective
Use the symbols +, â€“, x, Ã· and = to record and interpret number sentences involving all four operations; calculate the value of an unknown in a number sentence (e.g. ? x 2 = 6, 30 â€“ ? = 24)
I can explain what different number sentences mean
Year 2, Block E, Unit 2

For ages: 6 to 7
Number Sentence Too
Solve addition and subtraction problems involving money. Construct number sentences using -,+ and = symbols to record pr... more info
First used for Objective
Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication or division in contexts of numbers, measures or pounds and pence
I can decide what calculation to do to solve a problem
Year 2, Block D, Unit 1

For ages: 6 to 7
Planet Problems (KS1)
First used for Objective
Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication or division in contexts of numbers, measures or pounds and pence
I can decide which calculations to do to solve a problem
Year 2, Block B, Unit 2

For ages: 5 to 6
Ice Lolly Problems
Describe ways of solving puzzles and problems, explaining choices and decisions orally or using pictures ... more info
First used for Objective
Describe ways of solving puzzles and problems, explaining choices and decisions orally or using pictures
I can talk about how I solve problems using counting
Year 1, Block A, Unit 1

For ages: 5 to 6
Weight Order
Use simple scales to solve problems involving weight. Use the scales to compare the weight of objects and compare which ... more info
First used for Objective
Describe ways of solving puzzles and problems, explaining choices and decisions orally or using pictures.
I can talk about how I solved a problem
Year 1, Block C, Unit 1

For ages: 5 to 6
Car Park Problems
Triangle Man and his pals need to park their cars but the car park is full. Use your problem solving skills to work out ... more info
First used for Objective
Describe a puzzle or problem using numbers, practical materials and diagrams; use these to solve the problem and set the solution in the original context
I can talk about how I solved a problem.
Year 1, Block E, Unit 1