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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

1. Get out 100 square and reap over what we already know. Point to individual numbers and ask children to say them aloud. Start at a number and get them to count forward or back to another given number (cross the decades from tens to twenties and twenties to thirties e.g 26 to 35).

2. Point to each multiple of ten in turn and say aloud. Give children practice in saying the sequence from 10-100 and 100-10, continuing the sequence from different starting points or providing the numbers in the sequence between say 10 and 50.

3. Place counters/pasta/small toys over some numbers and ask children to say missing numbers.

4. Use a strip to cover a row or column and ask children to say hidden numbers.

5. With the 100 square in sight ask the children to write: a specific number/ the number after or before/ the numbers which end in three/ the numbers which begin with five/ the numbers which are twins (11, 22, 33) / the numbers between say 82 and 86.


Follow up with Numbers to 20 pg 28 and 29

Activity 2


Subtraction to 10 pg 12 is a short assessment of what they know already (subtraction to 5) Just set them up and let them get on with it independently in a quiet room. It wont take long....once you have marked it you can go over any parts they struggled with and provide more of your own examples.


Have ago at this once you are finished...

Activity 3

Number bond challenge... its really important to have understanding and quick recall of number bonds to 10 (and if ready to 20). Below is a few challenges- you can start off easy and build up or if you know your child is ready and the bonds to 10 are concrete you can move onto to bonds to 20. Why not set a target or an incentive for so many right! You can reprint to try and beat scores anytime!

Activity 4

Using 1p, 2p and 5p coins set out different combinations (you an draw a piggy bank on a piece of paper and put the money inside). Recap what each coin is and then ask how much is in the piggy bank altogether? Repeat for different combinations.


Set out 10 1p coins (you can draw or use real money). Ask how much is this? Show them a 10p coin and say ten 1p coins can be exchanged for one 10p coin. Now show them five 2p coins and ask can I change this for a 10p coin? Ask them to explain their answer. Repeat using various combinations.


Now draw some more piggy banks and add coins including 10p. Encourage the children to always start with the 10p coin first. Repeat for other amounts:

10p and 1p

10p and 5p

10p and 10p

10p and 2p and 1p

10p and 2p and 2p

10p and 2p and 1p and 1p

10p and 2p and 2p and 1p

10p and 5p and 2p and 2p

Some children may add the smaller coins first like 2p+2p+1=5p and then 5p+10p=15p others will just start with the biggest coin and add on. Its a process and it will come naturally but you can tell them all the methods if you think they are ready.


Follow up with Money booklet pg 13

Activity 5 Interpretation of data


In class we have already discussed how to put a lot of information together to make it easy to understand e.g class birthdays or favourite food into a bar graph. The children will need reminded of this or a quick demo of what a bar chart looks like will help. You can either draw out using pictures or gather a few colouring pencils together or different pasta shapes or something to demonstrate say three colours. Put the items in a bag and draw a large L shape on a page. The children can take the pasta out one by one and make 3 or 4 column's showing the different amount of each type of toy. You can ask questions like which column has the most/fewest? The skill is being able to gather information from the graph or pictograph. Below is a few different tasks practising this skill. Discuss each pictograph and what it is recording. You may need to help to read the questions. You do not have to complete them all but they are fun and the children enjoy them.


Complete pg 38 Shape, Measure and Data Handling and then have a go at the ones below.