By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Understand what a problem is.
  • Understand how to solve a problem.
  • Understand different problem solving processes.

Class Length

40 minutes

Year Groups

All ages


Computer, projector, printed handouts, pencils, ear buds.

Lesson Structure

1. Problem Solving

  • What is a problem and how do we solve them?
  • Define what a problem is.
  • Setting up a need for a strategy.

2. Design Path/Process

  • Can we follow a path to help up arrive at a better solution, and faster?
  • How do we solve a problem?

3. Multiple Stages

  • Finding a problem (unless it is given to you)
  • Understanding the problem
  • Solving the problem

Lesson Activities

Activity 1

Finding a problem

Activity 2

Discover to understand the problem

Activity 3

Create to solve the problem