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Hi

 

Please can anyone help - I need to provide problem solving opportunities for my Reception children and am really struggling for ideas does anyone have any good ones?

 

Thanks

 

julescc272 xx

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Hi, we did an animal rescue theme (preschool age) and I put a animal (soft toy obviously) out of reach in a tree, then they had to work out how to rescue it. It's tempting to think of PSRN as just about maths but it's also thinking skills too.

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Our current topic is minibeasts so I asked my children to be minibeast detectives, they had to dig out all the plastic minibeasts from compost in sand tray, then I gave them clues to guess the missing one by given them different criteria - they had to work as a team to find out the answer - the main problem solving skills were sorting but some children didn't come up with this straight away!

 

Problem solving activities is something I worry I don't do enough adult led stuff but I think it comes into all areas of the curriculum within the continuous provision, just working out how to construct something or transport something - i agree it about developing thinking skills as much as it is about PSRN. Having said that interested to read other ideas for problemsolving within PSRN. x

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We are working on "Jack and the beanstalk" and the problems were:

In how many ways can you divide 5 beans between Jack's and the Giant's fields? - recording findings

Think of quick ways for the Giant to count his money? - 2s, 5s, etc.

Find ways for Jack to get to the top of the beanstalk(using conting sticks on paper or beebots) - directions, shortest/longest route.

Estimate the amount of beans in the jar - change the amount every day, check in the end of the day.

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