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Year 1: bar models to help with addition and subtraction

Bar modelling is a powerful visual method of helping children with their calculating. The term is used extensively in Singapore where children make excellent progress with Maths and is now being used more and more in this country. It is a pictorial approach to calculating, using visual models and is a half way step between […]

Year 1 Number On-screen Practice

As children move on to the summer term it is important that they have the opportunity to re-inforce their new knowledge of working with larger numbers as often as possible. Five minutes of fun maths, squeezed in during the day, will ensure that skills learned recently are not forgotten and our harder on-screen number activities […]

Making Progress in Year 1 with Measurement

If there is one area of the maths curriculum where plenty of practical opportunities are available, especially at home, it is in Measurement. Children are expected to make a huge amount of progress with Measurement during Year 1. They begin by making simple comparisons, side by side with no counting, for example comparing the lengths […]

Maths Mastery support resources

Fantastic news for all those using a Maths Mastery approach: we are continuing to add to our selection of resources, including on-screen activities. We now have a whole selection of on-screen activities for the Year 1 Spring Term Block on adding and subtracting up to 20. Don’t forget we also have some great support materials […]

Year 1 Mixed Addition and Subtraction

Understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction is an important part of maths work in Year 1. This includes writing the subtraction fact that corresponds to a given addition fact (eg 9 + 3 = 12 implies that 12 – 9 = 3 etc). This understanding is incredibly useful when answering both addition and subtraction […]

Year 1 Addition

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 […]

Year 1 Number

New this week is a set of pages on part-whole models to help children understand numbers up to 20. This is just one set of a terrific collection of resources for Number in Year 1, covering in great detail the following:• Counting objects up to 10 and matching to numbers• Counting on and back in […]

Year 1: Shape

Year 1: ShapeMany schools now introduce 3D shapes before 2D shapes – this makes a lot of sense as the 2D shapes can be seen from looking at 3D shapes. Simple 3D shapes such as cubes, cuboids, cylinders, cones and spheres are introduced in Year 1 and children need plenty of practice handling them and […]

Year 1 Sorting Data

Over the last few months we have been inundated with statistics as never before and the ability to interpret graphs and charts is more important than it has ever been. It is slightly surprising therefore that statistics is not included in the new Maths Programme of Study for Year 1. We believe that children should […]

Year 1 Addition

The importance of understanding number and addition at the beginning of Year 1 cannot be underestimated, particularly at this time when most children coming into Year 1 have missed the last term of reception. It is important, therefore, to have plenty of simple addition activities to encourage knowledge of number bonds to 10. We have […]