For many schools this is the time of year to really get stuck into addition and subtraction, especially so in Year 1 when there is a great deal to cover. At first addition can be seen as counting on, using real objects, such as having six counters and adding a further three. This might seem straightforward to us but look out for several common misunderstandings, as described below.
- Children who go back to counting all the objects. When adding further objects they revert back to counting from one again. This makes the addition very slow to complete.
- Children who include the first number when counting on. For example: 6 + 3 saying six, seven, eight.
- Children not realising that it is easier to start with the larger number when counting on.
We have a great selection of worksheets on addition and counting on and have just published two new fun pages for games using spots on ladybirds and leopards.
Go to Year 1 Addition