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This Week's Maths Resources - Addition (Week Beginning 18.5.20)

This week, we are thinking about adding. There are a couple of suggested videos to help explain the theme. The Numberblocks video (Series 1: The Whole of Me) is available on iplayer and adds numbers to five.  It shows addition number sentences. The Numberjacks video (Carry on Counting S2E8) supports counting on.

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There are lots of practical ways to support the understanding of addition in the home.

If you have some dominoes you could make addition sums with them by adding the two sides together. Talk the adding, e.g. four add two equals six. Turn the domino round and ask your child, "Is it still six now that it two add four?"  Can they find another domino that adds up to six? Extend them by getting them to write out the addition sum.


You could count out some fishfingers onto a baking tray for one person and then count out some more for another person. How many fishfingers are there all together? 


You could have a teddy bear's picnic and make plates of food for each guest.  How many items of food are there altogether?

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You could make two duplo towers and them add them together into one taller tower.  How many bricks now? To extend this, use three towers. Re-inforce the teen number by having one tower of ten and then a second tower of up to nine bricks. Ten add three equals thirteen, ten add seven equals seventeen etc.


There are three different levels of addition available on this PDF - up to 10, 20 and 30.  Work out the answers to the sums to colour in the minibeasts.

To extend simple worksheets, write a 1 in front of the single digits (e.g. turn 3 + 2 into 13 + 2‚Äč). Don't forget to adjust the answers on the colouring code too!

colour by addition

This is counting (and observation) practice to ten.  To turn it into an addition activity ask the children to add together two totals of minibeasts. Can they write out the sums themselves?

I spy minibeast counting to 10

There are three levels of addition worksheets (simplest shown).

minibeast addition

A variety of minibeast themed maths activities in one set.  You may prefer to have one set of maths like this to work through. This collection of worksheets is labeled up as a keystage one activity but has a range of activities suitable from the beginning of reception up to early year one.

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It's always worth practising number bonds to ten.  This will be reinforced in year one, but it's good for children to move up with some recall of number bonds.

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An alternative way of looking at number bonds.

numberbonds robots

This isn't addition-based but we couldn't resist adding this cutting activity based on bees (and shapes!).

bee cutting image

Last Week's Maths Resources - Shape (Week Beginning 11.5.20)

This week, we are thinking about shapes. As always, I've found some videos for those children that would like to start their maths learning with a video. There are lots of Numberjacks videos about shape available on YouTube.  There is also a good episode of Numberblocks: Numberblocks Flatland, Series 3: Episode 16.  We watched this in class last half-term.  Unfortunately it is no longer available on iPlayer but it can be found on YouTube.

Language is important when exploring shapes. Children need to be able to name basic 2D shapes and some 3D shapes. We talk about properties such as sides and corners (or vertices) for 2D shapes, and edges, corners (or vertices) and faces for 3D shapes. We used words like straight, curved and flat.

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What can you make with shapes? How about some cylindrical binoculars? They are great fun to decorate as well.


Do you have some tins in your cupboard? These are fun to stack and build towers with.  Be careful of toes if they fall though! When you open one for dinner, see if your child can work out what shape the ends are.  Check once the can has been opened and the end has been separated from the rest of the can.  Be careful of sharp edges and small fingers!


There are lots of fun ways to explore shapes.  Go on a shape hunt around the house.  Make yourself a shape chart and tick them off each time you find one.

shape hunt image

Shape printing is lots of fun.  You could use everyday objects like lego bricks and explore what shapes you can find, or you could cut shapes into potatoes and have fun printing with them!

potato printing

You could set up a shape experiment: Make a ramp and chose some 3D shapes.  Get your child to predict if they will roll down the ramp or slide down the ramp.  Why do they think that? (Flat faces should slide and curved faces should roll).

roll or slide

Can you make 2D shapes? Use straws, dry spaghetti, pencils, sticks or just strips of paper.  How many shapes can you make?

stick shapes

Have a go at these repeating pattern challenges. They are tricky because they use colour and shape (make it easier by printing in black & white or drawing them yourself in one colour). These are more complicated that a simple AB repeating pattern so children need to think carefully.  Shapes can also be hard to draw which adds another challenge.

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The PDF below has several shape colourings to try.

shape colouring

This activity encourages careful cutting out too.

shape dino cutting picture

Try sorting the 3D shape images.

3d Shape sorting picture

Ordering numbers resources

Here are some sheets that you can use. If you can't print then you could design your own on plain paper. You can also chop up your own number cards. You could stick numbers onto toys and put them in order. You could chalk them or write them using mud outside. You could make them with playdough, pebbles, pasta. You could number pairs of socks and look for the coutning in 2s number patterns that the pairs make.

White Rose Maths

White Rose Maths Early Years Home learning Lots of fun activities from Nursery to Year 6. Look at the Early Years ones or year 1 for a challenge

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Learning to Budget with snacks

Is your child driving you nuts yet asking for snacks every 5 minutes? Why not give them a daily allowance and teach them to recognise coins, add up, subtract and learn to budget. Budgeting is a life-skill we all need and many adults (including myself) are not great at sticking to. Healthy snacks are cheaper too, helping them to make sesible choices. Will they notice that they get more snacks if they eat healthily?


Maths Activities and Information

Here are some Maths activities for you to try at home. Some of them may need printing off, while others you can work from while they are on the screen, or you can go and do with things that you find around the house and garden. These will change weekly to give you time to complete them. Remember there is also an 'Our Learning' section on the website where you can find the timetables songs.

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