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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


Some Bank holiday Monday fun!!

Activity 2 Numbers to 20


Have all your family members line up and show both their hands to show they have 10 fingers. Count each finger individually and emphasise ten, twenty, thirty etc. Tell the children that counting in set of numbers is a quick way to count. You can at this point have sets of things laid out in tens e.g paper clips, straws, pasta, toys etc. Children then count in tens to find the total. You can label each set with the correct number and ask questions like which is the larger / smaller number fifty or ninety? You can write out missing number sequences in tens on a whiteboard or page and get children to fill in blanks. You can point out counting in tens on the hundred square and show the patterns of moving down.


Follow up with pg 30 and 31 in Numbers to 20 booklet.



Activity 3 Subtracting 1 and 2 and facts involving 0


Set out 10 objects, take one away and record the subtraction eg 10-1=9 until you get to 10-10=0. Do the same for taking away 2. Remind the children that taking away one gives you the number before and taking away two is two before. You can use the number line as a visual. Ask the children to mentally tell you the answer of different subtraction questions using varying language one/two less than, subtract one/two and take away one/two.


Follow up with Subtraction booklet pg 13 and the extra sheet below.





Activity 4

Set out 1p 2p 5p and 10p coins and recap values. You can label household items and ask children to pay for them. A lovely idea is to give your children some coins and they can use them to buy their sweet treats during the day. Or set up a wee tuck shop before a family movie and children can buy treats and snacks before it starts. We have done this with our own families and re created cinema snacks with prices and closed the curtains. It was great fun!!


Money booklet pg 14 and 15.


Should you choose to extend learning please find amounts to 20 below.

Activity 5 weight: non-standard units


Make your own set of balance scales using an old hanger, string and buckets (see below) You can also look it up on YouTube 'home made balance scales for children'.


Tell the children to choose an object e.g a small box of crayons or a toy and place it on a two pan balance. Tell the children that they are going to find out how many cubes / cars / pegs / beads weigh the same. Invite the child to add the cubes to the other pan until the balance is level. Record, discuss and repeat with other items.

Weigh two different items using the same method of comparison e.g cubes. Record the results eg a key weighs 20 cubes and a box of paper clips weigh 16 cubes. Make clear that it is possible to say which object is heavier/lighter because they were both weighed using identical cubes. Say words like the box weighs less than the key, the key is heavier than the box.

Put a number cubes or whatever units you used into a bag and let the children feel how heavy it is. Tell them to find an object that weighs about 15 cubes. The children should compare the weight of the object with the bag of cubes by handling before checking using the scales.


Shape, Measure and Data Handling booklet pg 15 and 16