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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. 


A BIG WELL done for completing week 1! You are all doing a super job and we hope you are adjusting to your new normal... please get in touch if you are struggling or have any questions.


Mental Maths

Continue to use these strategies to work on your mental mathslaugh


Can be completed anywhere! Try thinking outside the box during the day asking questions or drawing children's attention to mathematical concepts such as "how many knives and forks do we need to set the table?" "what time is it now?" "what shape is that cereal box?"

It is also a good idea to start your numeracy session with a 10 minute mental maths round of questions which are to be thought over in their head and verbally answered. If the answers are wrong talk over why and explain. You will be able to gauge your child's ability quickly but start off easy eg counting 20/30/40 and so on, numbers before/after, doubles up to 10 (eg 1+1   2+2) 2D/3D shape hunt, adding/taking away 1, 2, 3 up to 20, number stories (we often talk about 'all the ways to make a number' children will be familiar with this and there are examples of completed work in the addition booklet) time -o'clock and half past (I will link making a clock below), problem solving (we will list ideas for this in due course).

Make a set of number cards to 10 and a set of number name cards to 10 (can be extended to 20 once concrete). Play matching games, show me the number games using the numbers and number names and play bingo with family members using a small number of numbers and use the number names to see if they have a match. Get creative with blu tac and stick them around the house and go on a number hunt. Keep the cards safe as they can be used in lots of different ways in the weeks to come.


*just a wee tip if your child needs to use counters to add or take away … pasta is a great resource! Its small like our counters in school and can be easily positioned on a flat surface to count out. Keep some handy in a sandwich bag to use when needed!


Activity 1



Follow up with Numbers to 20 booklet pg 17

Activity 2

Starter - Sing a number song together eg 10 little Monkeys jumping on the bed


Write 0 1 2 3 4  out on a blank page. Place a counter or pasta shape at 3. Ask What is 3 take away 2?

Check the children's answers by watching their finger move back two spaces in ones. Say yes, start at 3, jump back 2... 1,2 ...the answer is 1! Record underneath as 3-2=1 Repeat for 3-1 3-0 3-3

Also show children what it looks like on their fingers to have 3, take away 2 and see what the answer is. Repeat pattern for 4.

Hopefully you can print this picture, if not you can adapt yourself on a blank page. It gives practice in building up subtraction facts for 3 and 4.

After discussion, finish with Subtraction booklet pg 6

Activity 3

 Starter- Counting in twos forward and backwards to 10 and/or 20 from different starting points (even numbers).


Revise doubles up to 5 with your child. 5+5 4+4 3+3 etc 


Ask your child to write out 'The story of 10'

-write 10 in the middle of a blank page and draw a bubble around it - ask your child to try and remember all the ways to make 10. They should remember that whatever number story we are doing there is always one more than the number of ways to make it e.g story of 2 (3 ways) story of 3 (4 ways) etc. The should also remember that they can reverse the sum to get another way e.g 3+7=10 7+3=10

Work can be checked by counting 11 different ways making sure the sums are all different. We also sometimes do this strategy to check our answers off -

0  + 10  =

1  + 9    =

2  + 8   =

3  + 7   =

4  + 6   =

5  + 5   =

6  + 4   =

7  + 3   =

8  + 2   =

9  + 1   =

10 + 0  =


Please take time by using these strategies to revise over number stories/bonds 1-10 (particularly if your child is struggling) Start at 1 and build up by way of reinforcing strategies and pattern. Counters can be used to help complete work but its important that strategies are concrete when facing new teaching and problem solving. Next week is testing week on this booklet so look back at how your child has been getting on and adapt your own work as revision. You can use Twinkl to search the concepts your child needs practise with.The green bar at the bottom of each page in the Addition to 10 booklet will tell you what concept is being covered. e.g facts to 5 or doubles/near doubles.


Follow up with New Heinemann Maths addition to 10 booklet pg 18 


**Most children find missing number sums tricky e.g 4 and what make 8 (set out 8 counters telling the children we already know the answer, point to the = sign and remind them the number after the symbol is the answer. The can start at 3 on a number line and count up to the answer or set out 8 counters, take 3 out and put at one side of the table and say 3 and what's left make 8.


This link will take you to number bond challenge work which you can use as revision

Activity 4

Starter - Look at real coins. 1p, 2p,5p and 10p coins. Look at the shape, colour and what is written on each coin. Remember to explain these are the only coins to 10p. If you want to make 3p or 6p we need to use coins to make that amount. You might like to make a little shop using items from around your house. Give items a price tag and encourage the children to pay for the items using the correct amount of coins. If your child is ready to use different combinations of coins it is ok to further the teaching by discussing that instead of 3 pennies you could use a 1p and a 2p. Some children will automatically come up with this themselves. 


For this particular activity use only 1p coins. Use physical items and play 'shop.' Be as creative as you like here!Give your child more pennies than they need and when the pay you ask how much do you have left. Look, discuss and complete pg 5 and 6 (one at a time) in Money booklet. You will be saying things like I have 6 pennies and I want to buy a book that costs 5p, do I have enough money? how much will I have left? how can I work that out? set the pennies out and have a look, yes 6-5=1 so I will have 1p left.


 NOTE pg 5 is using pennies and pg 6 is working with pounds. Discuss the symbols and the fact that p comes after and £ goes first. Remember reinforcing the concept of subtraction using the numbers is the most important bit but they must be reminded of the placement of the symbols for future learning. The symbols are already on the page but its good to draw attention to them.

Activity 5

Starter - Use your homemade clock to practice setting c'clock and half past times on an analogue clock.


Revise digital time for o'clock and half past. We have previously discussed this in class. Draw your child's attention to the '00' for o'clock and '30' for half past. Set your homemade clock to different o'clock and half past times and ask your child to record the digital time on a piece of paper or whiteboard. You can draw out a digital clock face for your child to record the time. 


Discuss various examples before completing New Heinemann Maths follow up activity.  Shape, Space and Data handling booklet pg 26


*Draw your child's attention to the small hand on the analogue clocks. Some children can't tell if its half past 5 or half past 6 because the hand is appearing in the middle of the two numbers - we always say its the number 'behind' because it hasn't reached the next number yet … just a little teaching point!