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Problem solving

All week we have been learning to count in 2s. Today Pirate Pete had a problem he needed us to solve for him. He knew he had 8 legs on his ship but couldn’t work out how many pirates there were.
Can you solve the problem? How many pirates do you think there are?




Thinking skills – how many conkers?

This week the Gruffalo had put some conkers in his tin but forgotten how many. He left us a clue saying it was 1 more than 5. We worked out that was 6 then noticed there were lots more boxes in the classroom with clues so we had a go at working out how many conkers were in a box. We wrote our answers on post-it notes on the boxes.


Once we had worked out how many conkers were in our box we looked at our friend’s boxes to see if anyone had the same amount. We used the language we had been learning all week such as ‘more’ and ‘less.’



Finally we all came together to check our answers.


We are developing our thinking skills every week. We make sure we know what all the important information is. Do you know how to solve a problem?