My Problem-Solving Journal | Maths Skills Programme | 1st Class to 6th Class | Overview | Folens

My Problem-Solving Journal for rich mathematical tasks

  • Inspire a love of maths with real-life scenarios and problems that are relevant to children
  • Deepen conceptual understanding and explore the big ideas of mathematics
  • Challenge all children at their level with low threshold high ceiling tasks
  • A bank of age and stage appropriate problems at your fingertips
  • Matched to the key topics in core maths programmes, including Planet Maths and Busy at Maths
  • Teaching notes offer a comprehensive guide on how to approach each problem

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Problem of the Week Challenge

My Problem-Solving Journal | Problem of the Week Challenge | 3rd to 6th Class | Teacher Competition | Folens

Problem of the Week Challenge

To the celebrate the release of My Problem-Solving Journal we will be sharing a new maths problem every week for children in 3rd-6th Class to solve. Starting on Monday 9th May we will share a new maths problem with accompanying teaching notes each Monday for the next four weeks.

We will be offering a weekly prize of a €100 One4All gift voucher for teachers who take our Problem of the Week Challenge, to enter our prize draw all you have to do is follow Folens on Instagram and tag a teacher friend/colleague underneath each weekly Problem of the Week post on Instagram. 

Winner Week 2 Prize €100 One4All voucher: Congratulations to @denise.o.connor

WEEK 3 Challenge: 3rd and 4th Class

WEEK 3 Challenge: 5th and 6th Class

*Winner of our Week 3 prize draw will be announced Monday 30th May via Instagram Story on Folens page and on this page.

My Problem-Solving Journal | One problem per week | Double page spread | 1st Class to 6th Class | Folens

Explore one problem in depth each week

  • Strand and Strand Unit labels make it easy to map problems to the content you are covering in class.
  • Maths Talk boxes encourage meaningful maths discussion.
  • Top Tips provide helpful hints and prompts.
  • Extension activities offer further opportunities to explore each topic.
  • Dedicated workspaces scaffold children and create a record of learning.



Teaching Notes

My Problem-Solving Journal | Teaching notes | Online lesson plans | 1st Class to 6th Class | Overview | Folens

Teaching notes

Online teaching notes accompanying each problem:

  • Provide an overview of the task
  • List the specific skills addressed
  • Guide teachers with specific teaching points
  • Include anticipated student responses and possible solutions
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Author team

Patrick Neary is the author of 5th & 6th Class, and Series Editor of the programme. He has nine years’ experience teaching maths to senior primary classes. He holds a M.Ed., specialising in Mathematics Education, from DCU, where he has also lectured part-time. Patrick has worked closely with Maths4All to promote best practice in Maths Education.

Grace Lynch is the author of 3rd & 4th Class. She has eight years’ experience teaching maths across all primary levels. She holds a M.Ed., specialising in Mathematics Education, from DCU, and has supervised undergraduate dissertations for students specialising in Mathematics Education in Marino Institute.

Elaine Dillion is the author of 1st & 2nd Class. She has 13 years’ experience teaching maths to junior primary classes. She holds a M.Ed. from Maynooth University, where her thesis focused on exploring an effective use of play in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Elaine is an active participant and contributor to Maths4All.

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