Problem Solving

This skill focuses on how to solve problems, recognising that while part of Problem Solving is technical know-how and experience, there are also transferable tools that individuals can develop and use.

The first steps focus on being able to follow instructions to complete tasks, seeking help and extra information if needed. The next stage focuses on being able to explore problems by creating and assessing different potential solutions. This includes more complex problems, without a simple technical solution.

Beyond this, the focus is on exploring complex solutions – thinking about causes and effects, generating options, and evaluating those options. This extends into analysis using logical reasoning and hypotheses.

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Help Your Child Learn Problem Solving Skills

Read this story about the skill of Problem Solving together.  Listen out for times when characters follow instructions to solve a problem.

When you have finished the story, talk about:

  • What happened in the story?
  • What problems did the explorers face?
  • Who did they ask for help?
  • How did the animals help them?