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In P2 much of our Numeracy is practical. We support our practical activities and teaching using powerpoints, visuals, worksheets and the New Heinemann Maths Scheme. We have sent home the booklets that the children use in class and any other resources will be uploaded or linked in here. Books include, Addition to 10 / Subtraction / Numbers to 20 / Money and Shape, Measure and Handling Data.

You may find that some booklets have more work completed that others. This is because we also follow lines of progression set out by the SELB. We introduce and teach concepts in a certain order, so we would appreciate it if you would only complete the activities we list each week. 


Below are the next five days numeracy activities...


Mental Maths

Keep up with the mental maths sessions building on previous ideas or where you find your individual child needs practice. Start building up number bonds to 10 (all the ways to make numbers 2-10 by addition). If your child is achieving this feel free to move onto 12 or even 15. In P2 we would use a whiteboard or blank page, draw the number in the middle with a bubble around it and write the different ways to make that number around it. The children know how to check their work! There is always one more way than the number they are investigating e.g if they are finding all the ways to make 2 - there are 3 ways, all the ways to make 3 - there are 4 ways etc. You can also do speed tests by writing out some questions on a page e.g 3 4 __ 6 / 6+__=8 / the number before 10 etc. Use a timer or offer rewards/stickers for effort.

iPad apps such as 'Mental Maths' (Andrew Brodie basics) are good as you can choose age groups . You can search and browse the app store. I would highly recommend BBC Bitesize (7-9 year olds) if you haven't already looked into it. Its available on iPlayer and you can start at the beginning- it is a great fun educational resource which lasts 20-30 mins and would allow you some guilt free breathing space during the day!!


Below are the next five days activities...

Activity 1 Numbers beyond 20

Starters -

1. Tap the table in a steady beat and get your child to count along. Go beyond 20 when your child is ready and go as high as you like. You can start from different starting points and emphasise the sequence from 1-9.

2. Draw out a number line 0-30. Point to numbers and ask what they are. You can put your finger over one and ask what it is or draw out another line with numbers missing and ask the children to fill in the blanks. Talk a lot about numbers before and after.

3. Call out commands e.g clap hands thirty two times, touch your nose  twenty three times, tap your shoulder thirty times.

4. Draw spots or stars on a page and ask children to count them emphasising touch counting each one before moving onto the next.

5. Print off the sheet below and say numbers beyond 20 for the children to write on the pictures.


Follow with pages 26 and 27 Numbers to 20 booklet.

Activity 2 - linking addition and subtraction facts for 3, 4 and 5


Arrange 3 objects on the table, tell the children that this illustrates a number story, two add one equals three, record underneath 2+1=3. Reverse the positions of the objects and ask the children what the 'story' is now. Record under the first sum 1+2=3. Put three different objects out in a line and move one away. Ask children to suggest what 'story' this would lead to. Record 3-1=2 underneath the first two sums. Repeat the activity and move two objects away this time and record 3-2=1. Encourage them to notice the pattern of the numbers 1, 2 and 3. You can repeat the process with different numbers.

Illustrate the double facts by drawing a butterfly and two spots on each wing... 2+2=4 / 4-2=2


Follow up with Subtraction to 10 booklet pg 11

Activity 3

I have included a pdf of teaching points and a check up page. It would be best to print out an have a good read first. Once the verbal teaching is complete finish off Addition to 10 booklet pg 23 and the complete check up 10 which is included in the pdf. You can use any small objects in place of the cubes in the doubles and near doubles section.

Activity 4

Have a look back over the whole money booklet in preparation for testing. Have a chat with the children as you flick through the pages and ask them if there is anything they would like to go over or don't understand.

TEST - remember to let the children have a quiet space to complete independently. You can help by reading the questions if they can't themselves.


Activity 5

Introduce the word 'Carroll' diagram and tell the children they are going to sort some things into a Carroll diagram. Draw a line down a page and gather up some objects of the same type (vehicles/beads/dolls). Tell the children to put all the cars on the left and all the others on the right. Pick one up and say is this a car? where will we place it? Once all the objects have been placed on the diagram lead the children to label the Carroll diagram - car / car (with an X through the second word) or blue / blue (with and X through the second word).


Complete pages 31 and 32 in Shape, Measure and Data Handling booklet.