**I See Problem Solving – UKS2** is designed to transform the teaching of problem-solving in mathematics. Its design addresses Recommendation 3: teach strategies for solving problems from the recent EEF report. It will give all children the opportunity to understand and answer non-standard questions, whilst also providing appropriate challenge. This blog focuses on how **extra challenge** is provided to deepen and extend children’s learning in each task.

Each task begins with the main prompt question. For some children, answering this question may be their ‘Everest’; others will need more challenge.

First of all, a number of the tasks include a ‘how many ways’ prompt, with the challenge coming from finding all possible answers. Here’s a typical example of a ‘how many ways’ task:

And here are two other initial prompts:

Each task comes with an *Explain *prompt, where children have to unpick likely misconceptions, solve related problems, rank questions by difficulty or agree/disagree with different opinions. The prompts here are similar to those from I See Reasoning – UKS2 and will extend the thinking from the initial prompt. Here are the *Explain *prompts for the above examples:

For many children, the real challenge will come from the *Extend *prompt for each task. These tasks are related to the initial prompt, but the challenge is taken to the next level. These are the corresponding *Extend *examples (and two of the friendlier ones!):

This blog explains how extra support is also provided in each task.

**I See Problem Solving – UKS2** includes a huge range non-standard problem-solving tasks spanning right across the curriculum. It costs £24.98.

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