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Working Systematically at KS1
Scroll down to see our complete collection of KS1 problems that require children to work systematically, or explore the two sub-collections focusing on important aspects of systematic working.
This collection is one of our Primary Curriculum collections - tasks that are grouped by topic.
Finding All Possibilities Lower Primary
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Ordered Ways of Working Lower Primary
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
A City of Towers
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
Same Length Trains
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Ladybirds in the Garden
In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?
Three Ball Line Up
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
One of Thirty-six
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you can make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
Eggs in Baskets
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. How many eggs are in each basket?
Sitting Round the Party Tables
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
Beads and Bags
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
School Fair Necklaces
How many possible symmetrical necklaces can you find? How do you know you've found them all?
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Reasoning and Problem Solving Questions Collection - KS1 and KS2
Age range: 5-7
Resource type: Worksheet/Activity
10 March 2023
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These booklets each contain over 40 reasoning and problem solving questions suitable for KS1, KS2 and KS3 classes. These are the questions that we have been putting out each day in March 2016 on Twitter in the run up to SATS.
The answers are provided with some simple notes at the back of the booklet and for some problems supplementary questions and variation has been provided.
As always we welcome any feedback on the work we are doing and the materials that we are releasing. Thank you for taking an interest in our work. The White Rose Maths Hub Team
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