Reasoning using STEM sentences

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 12:49pm

We have been working on our reasoning using STEM sentences. Some of the children were given some challenging problems to solve. They worked very well as a group and showed some fantastic reasoning skills.

For the first problem, they had to work out possibilities of half-time scores if the match ended 4-2. They found it quite tricky as they didn't work systematically so got a bit confused. 

So, for the next problem, they decided to try and work systematically. They could only use 6 coins and had to find out how much the girl could have spent on a balloon. They decided to try 99p, 89p, 79p and so on to see if they could spot any patterns. However, they soon realised that there could have been lots of different combinations! 

Lastly, the hardest one of all! They pulled apart the problem and used the STEM sentences to understand what the problem meant. I was very impressed that they noticed Katie’s amount ended in a 2 so Tami’s amount must have ended in a 4 because they had 76 altogether. As they already knew Katie’s  could have been 12, 22, 32, 42, 52 or 62, they counted in 8s and added 4 each time. When they got to 44, they knew they had their answer! 

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