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## Maths problem-solving activities for Early Years settings

● finding ways to solve problems;

● finding new ways to do things;

● making links and noticing patterns in their experience;

● developing ideas of grouping, sequences, cause and effect;

● planning, making decisions about how to approach a task, solve a problem and reach a goal;

● checking how well their activities are going;

● changing strategy as needed;

● reviewing how well the approach worked.

## Role of the adult

You can effectively support children’s developing problem-solving strategies through:

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## Camping out

● Materials to construct a tent or den such as sheets, curtains, poles, clips, string.

● Rucksacks, water bottles, compass and maps.

● Oven shelf and bricks to build a campfire or barbecue.

● Buckets and bowls and water for washing up.

● Some distance away, builders’ buckets filled with damp sand and large gravel.

● Bucket balances and bathroom scales.

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Reasoning about numbers, with challenges and simplifications.

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## What are two-step and multi-step problems?

## Word problems: two-step problems in KS2

A two-step problem is a word problem that requires two operations to solve it , for example:

- In this case, the first operation would be addition (83p + 45p = £1.28).
- The second operation is subtraction (£1.28 - 20p = £1.08).

Children first start to tackle two-step problems in Year 3.

In Year 4, children will continue to come across two-step problems, for example:

- So the first operation is division (30 ÷ 5 = 6)...
- ...and the second operation is subtraction (6 - 3 = 3).

A two-step problem that might be given in Year 4 is:

- Here, the first operation is to multiply £3.26 by 4 (3.26 x 4 = 13.04). They could do this using the grid method or by short multiplication.
- The second operation is then to subtract £2.50 from this amount using column subtraction (13.04 - 2.50 = 10.54).

- Here, they could convert the 0.8 litres to 800ml...
- ...then divide it by 4 to make 200ml.
- They could then work out 800ml minus 200ml, which equals 600ml or 0.6 litres.
- If a child was confident in working with decimals, they might work out 0.8 ÷ 4 = 0.2, then 0.8 - 0.2 = 0.6.

## Word problems: multi-step problems in KS2

They might be given the following problem:

- Here a child would need to work out 20 x 45p, which equals £9...
- ...then subtract £1.50 from this, which equals £7.50.
- They would then need to work out 20 x 50p, which equals £10...
- ...and then work out that 10% of £10 is £1...
- ... and finally take this away from £10, which equals £9.

Therefore Becky gets the better deal!

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