Research Question: How to develop independence in problem solving?

Researcher(s): Naimah Mahmood

Setting(s): Andalusia Academy

Currently in Year 2 the children are very dependent on teacher led activities. They constantly look for reassurance on different mathematical strategies when given a problem to solve.  From this the above question was formulated. The aim is to closely observe selected children and begin to unpick the way they approach independent Maths solving. I hope that my teaching will develop and the children will become better at independently solving problems.

A note about Practitioner led Mathematical Research 2017


The Bristol Early Years Consortium Maths SLEs have received funding from the Boolean Maths Hub to:

  • Develop specialist subject knowledge of mathematics teaching.
  • Develop pedagogical knowledge of mathematics teaching.
  • Improve the quality of mathematics teaching.
  • Develop confidence and resilience in learning mathematics.

The SLEs as research mentors are using research as a form of CPD to achieve the above aims. 

The research participants have sculpted their own questions for their research and the SLEs will meet with the research participants 6 times a year and have whole research group meetings three times a year. There are 15 teacher/practitioner researchers who work with children from two years old to seven years old.