Problem Solving in Mathematics

CCEA has developed this resource to promote problem solving in mathematics, providing suggested activities that allow pupils to demonstrate their mathematics in real-life and work situations.

Key features of resource:

  • It encourages pupils to solve problems by identifying what mathematics is needed and how it should be used.
  • It allows pupils to make connections between different strands of mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve a problem.
  • It provides pupils with the opportunity to work individually or collaboratively in order to find a solution.
  • It encourages pupils to reflect on what methods and strategies they have used, and whether they have found a solution.

While the problem solving materials don’t always have a focus on one particular strand of knowledge and understanding, they have been grouped in the tabs below into the strands that have the greater focus.

The problems also have a difficulty rating associated with them that is indicated using circles – rising from one circle to the most difficult, three circles. The indication of difficulty can be found at the end of each row below.

You can read more about the resource in this accompanying introduction:

Problem Solving in Mathematics Introduction

Number

Knowledge and Understanding Strand - Number

Title Problem Solution Teacher Notes Difficulty
Fuel Types Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Numbers in the Media Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Car Running Costs Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Egyptian Fractions Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Forensic Science Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Travelling With Numbers 2 Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Dividing A Clock Face Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Travelling with Numbers 1 Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF

Algebra

Knowledge and Understanding Strand - Algebra

Title Problem Solution Teacher Notes Difficulty
Family Swimming Pool Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Leisure Centre Swimming Pool Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Moving House Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Time, Climb and Distance Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF

Shapes, Space, Measures

Knowledge and Understanding Strand - Shapes, Space, Measures

Title Problem Solution Teacher Notes Difficulty
Property Developer Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Rollercoaster Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Building an Extension Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Bus Timetable Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Buying a New Apartment Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Map Quest Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Painting and Decorating Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Courtyard Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF

Handling Data

Knowledge and Understanding Strand - Handling Data

Title Problem Solution Teacher Notes Difficulty
Life Expectancy Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Pancreatic Cancer Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Emergency Care Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
Fun Day Saturday Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF
School Trip to Dunluce Castle Download PDF Download PDF Download PDF