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 Post subject: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:20 pm 
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My 7 year old is in the top set for maths and has no problems when a sum is laid out for him, but he doesn't have the confidence to tackle maths word problems and I'd like to help him with that. Can anyone recommend a book on maths word problems, the type where maths/ logic is used to solve the problem but the child first has to work out what the problem is?


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 Post subject: Re: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:53 pm 
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hi

You could try the Scholfield & Sims maths problem solving book 1, available on this site and I particularly like the WH Smith's Practice Problem Solving KS2 (age 7-9 would probably be the best starting point).


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 Post subject: Re: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:46 pm 
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Thanks cocoa0101. I will look at those books.


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 Post subject: Re: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:48 pm 
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try googling maths word problems KS2..

You will find hundreds!


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 Post subject: Re: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:33 pm 
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For some reason contrary DS doesn't like it if I print out worksheets I find on the internet - I think it looks too much like homework for him - but sees workbooks, especially if there are stickers, as fun puzzles.


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 Post subject: Re: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:48 pm 
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Try Maths PLus from Heinemann Word problem they are brilliant! I had the same problem with my DS now he loves problem solving.
I did Schofield mental maths,a bit of schofield problem solving and Heinemann with him and they worked like magic.


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 Post subject: Re: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:51 pm 
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I really liked these investigative puzzles produced for teachers.

Edit: not sure what I did earlier - I meant to post this link

http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcs ... node/85260

You would have to get your own sheet of stars though.

The NRich website is good fun too. Run by the university of Cambridge.

http://nrich.maths.org/public/monthindex.php?mm=1


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 Post subject: Re: Maths puzzle books
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:31 pm 
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Thanks all for your suggestions. I've ordered these books and also New Framework Maths word problems. Together they should keep DS amused, and hopefully boost his confidence.


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