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]]>The new Year 1 Programme of Study for number is rather brief. The content is just:

• count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number

• count in multiples of twos, fives and tens

• count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals;

• given a number, identify one more and one less

• read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.

• identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least

That’s it, but of course there is much more to it than that. A skill which we often take for granted is to be able to glance at a group of objects and be able to judge approximately how many there are, without counting, however they are arranged. Young children do not have this skill and they need plenty of practice in order to develop it. Our latest sets of fun pictures are ideal for this and perfect for showing on a screen for children to make an estimate.

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]]>‘Bar modelling’ is proving to be a very popular way of helping children understand mathematical concepts. We have just published two sets of worksheets which use bar modelling to help show what needs to be done when adding three small numbers. There are also more great sets of similar pages available for subtraction in Year 1.

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]]>New this week are sets of beautifully illustrated worksheets on counting on in tens, completing number lines and finding missing numbers in number sentences, all for Year 1 children. With over 60 sets of worksheets, most containing 4 pages each, this must surely be one of the best, if not the very best, resource to be found anywhere, giving you choice and plenty of back up material.

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]]>As well as rapid recall of knowledge children are also expected to show that they can reason, generalise and justify answers. This, of course, takes a lot of practice and our most recent Year 1 pages on sorting are just the thing to help develop this. Children are asked to sort objects into groups, but more importantly explain how they have sorted them.

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]]>One of my favourite types of activity: using a selection of number cards to answer ‘How many ways can you make ….. ?’ style questions. An important part of this is for children to describe in their own words what they are doing, how they can be certain they are correct, or have found all possible solutions and see connections between facts.

Our latest resources include making odd and even numbers, more than, less than etc using number cards. We have a great selection of resources in our Year 1 Reasoning/Problem Solving category and we consider it to be one of, if not the most important category in the whole year group.

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]]>Did you know that about 10% of the population are left-handed? Some of the most famous people from history were left handed, including: Julius Caesar, Mozart, Napoleon, Queen Victoria, Lord Baden-Powell and Albert Einstein. Many left-handed people will know that there is actually a left-handed shop that sells everything from fountain pens and scissors to kitchen knives and garden secateurs designed especially for left-handers.

Because most of the population is right-handed, we live in a right-handed world. Left-handed children and adults (including me!) face a number of problems in their day to day lives, mainly that they have to reverse many things they are shown how to do. Maths questions are particularly difficult for left-handed children as having read the question they then cover it up with their left hand to write the answer on the right-hand side of the page. This can lead to a child forgetting what the question is and then losing concentration. To celebrate Left-hander’s Day we have written some Year 1 worksheets designed to help left-handed children with their addition and subtraction.

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]]>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 the starting point of using real world, concrete objects (e.g. 10 cubes and picking up 3 and seeing how many are left) and the abstract algorithm (e.g. 10 − 7 = ?).

It is powerful because it clearly displays the calculation and it avoids words, which can often lead to difficulties. From the evidence it really does seem to help children to understand what it is they are trying to do; something which can get lost if they are presented with written methods too early.

We have published several sets for Year 1 on addition and subtraction up to 20 and two for Year 2 on adding to make 100 and subtracting from 100. Much more to come in the future.

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]]>Some of my favourite worksheets of recent times have just been published for Year 1. They provide rich problem solving activities for those who have mastered the basic addition and subtraction skills. The shopping and money worksheets are bright and colourful as well as having little writing, but they really pack a punch when it comes to mathematical thinking.

A key aspect of the mastery approach to maths is that children have to describe problems in their own words and explain how solutions are reached. All the questions need careful thought but the later sets (2 and 3) require two steps to reach the answer. As well as looking at the working out, it is well worth asking your child how they go about getting the answer and why they are doing what they are doing.

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]]>If there is one area of the maths curriculum where plenty of practical opportunities are needed 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 of two pieces of string, the weight of two objects by picking them up, finding which container holds the most water etc. They then move on to using non-standard units to measure, such as hand spans, thumbs, cubes or strides to measure length. Estimation comes in here with questions such as,

“How many steps will it take you to cross the room?”

There is also a good deal of vocabulary to get to grips with, including guess, roughly, nearly, close to, about the same as, too many, short, tall, full empty etc.

Standard units of metric measurement are then introduced including the centimetre, metre, kilogram and litre.

This is all great fun and involves plenty of practical activity, including using balance scales to see which object weighs more, filling a large container using a smaller container and much more!

We have a comprehensive set of resources in our Year 1 Measurement category covering length, mass and capacity with plenty of great fun practical ideas. We have also just published a new set of pages for children who are familiar with centimetres, asking them to estimate the lengths of lines, in centimetres, without measuring them.

Please note that we consider measuring time and money are so important that we have separate categories for each of these.

Why not take a look at our measurement worksheets, including the very latest estimating in centimetres pages?

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]]>Children who have an excellent understanding of number in the early years have a far better chance of becoming excellent mathematicians than those who don’t. Therefore, it is well worthwhile spending a lot of time on mastering key topics at this age, building confidence and a solid understanding. Future mathematical learning depends on secure foundations which will then not have to be re-taught in later years.

Our very latest sets of worksheets to help with reasoning and problem solving with number in year 1 are now available. These pages are not intended to be given to children for them to sit alone and work through, but should provide the opportunity for discussion, not only about the right answers but why they are the right answers. It is the ‘why’ which is crucial in achieving mastery in mathematics and should not be ignored.

The topics are:

• Counting to ten forwards and backwards

• More or less

• Continuing the pattern

• Missing symbols

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