Problem solving

Problem-solving Investigations - Year 1

The problem-solving investigations below match Hamilton’s weekly maths plans. We now also provide Year 1 maths as short blocks. We will eventually be phasing out the plans, as we believe our short blocks offer you all of the same advantages and more, including the integration of the problem-solving investigations into each unit of study. Find out more about the advantages of Hamilton's short blocks.

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New neighbours

Children use digit cards to make 2-digit numbers between neighbouring multiples of 10.

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Stop me if you can!

Children create diagonal lines on a 1-100 grid by adding and subtracting 10 and 1, whilst trying to stop their partner doing the same.

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Dice to ten

Children roll a pair of dice to generate two-digit numbers and think which order they need to use the digits so that the complement to the next multiple of 10 is on the dice.

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Bears' moving day

Children make an open cube in the context of a story.

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Children use the same size 'carriages' (rods) to make a 'train' of 20 units.

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Dicey coins

Children roll a dice to determine how many coins they can take.  They try to choose coins with a total of either 10p or 20p.

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Domino additions

Children use dominoes to generate two-digit number plus one-digit number additions in a pattern.

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Spin the mouse

Children turn a mouse through a rolled number of quarter or half turns, aiming to get the mouse facing home again.

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Halving chains (1), Balancing act (2)

Halving chains (1): Children investigate which numbers from 1 to 20 will give the longest halving chain (each 'link' must be a whole number). Balancing act (2): Children balance multiple number shapes to find equivalent multiplications.

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Change challenge

Children find different ways of getting 1p, 2p, 3p...change when buying cakes costing 1p to 20p and using 2p, 5p, 10p or 20p coins.

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Time challenge

Children use time vocabulary to write times on analogue clocks.