One interesting answer comes from the observation that solving a puzzle or riddle is itself satisfying. Getting something right brings pleasure – especially if the process of working towards the right answer is itself pleasurable.
It is therefore important that we provide children with motives and rewards which are in their immediate grasp to encourage them to put their upmost effort into any task they are presented with at school.
Our Sum Fun Maths Assessment resource – a three-book series of puzzle worksheets with self-correcting activities – achieves just this. In order for the children to solve the riddle they must first solve the maths problems presented to them.
The KS1 and KS2 photocopiable resource contains problem-solving activities with each assessing a particular skill. Topics covered include number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals and percentages.
The Sum Fun sheets are ideal for Close the Gap Marking, making it easy for teachers to identify the areas in which pupils are struggling and where they need to target their teaching in future lessons for pupil progression.
Each activity has been developed to engage pupils in solving mathematical questions across a wide range of mathematical operations, then using the code to find the answer to jokes and riddles – the motive and reward for methodically and logically working out answers to the maths problems.
Children will enjoy solving riddles such as ‘What would happen if all the ducks in the world jumped up and down at the same time?’ (an earth quack) and ‘What is the best way to communicate with a fish?’ (drop it a line).
What’s more, the worksheets can be used for extension tasks, for differentiated group and individual activities, as plenary tasks or as fun time fillers.
Free sample resources for Year 1 to Year 6 are available to download on our website.
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