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Games, Ideas and Activities for Primary Mathematics, 2nd Edition by Mr. John Dabell

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Appendices

Challenges

Problem-solving is widely recognised as being one of the most useful skills learners can develop, which is why it occupies such a central role in the new primary mathematics curriculum.

By solving problems, learners begin to apply their mathematical skills in new ways, they develop a deeper understanding of mathematical ideas and get a taste of the experience of ‘being a mathematician’. With success comes a sense of achievement, enjoyment and an appetite for more. Problem-solving increases their confidence, builds up their stamina and rewards perseverance. By the process of regular practice and challenge, learners can store up these experiences for future use.

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