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In Maths, we are thinking about number.  In particular we are thinking about addition.  During this week we will be using an array of ideas so support children in their understanding of these two key operations.


One of the first things that we could like you to do is to play some simple board games at home.  Not only is it important for children to be able to recognise the number on the dice and how many spaces to move forwards or backwards, but it is also important that they understand how to move forwards/backwards from their place on the board, not counting the square that they are on.  Please could you play a variety of games this week to support this concept.  Playing a game each day would be brilliant.  Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Frustration, anything that you have would be perfect.  Snakes and Ladders also helps with number recognition.  If you do not have your own versions at home, you can find some examples that you can print out below. 


Below is a link to a Numberblocks episode that will begin to explore the concept of addition as the part, part.  Watch it with your child as many times as needed.

After watching this clip begin to explore this concept practically.  Ask you child to find 5 objects.  This could be cars, teddies, anything that they are interested in.  Ask your child to split the objects into 2 groups and model the understanding...'I am 1 and I am 4, the whole of me is 5.'  Ask your child to put them all back together and then repeat again, how many ways can they do this, e.g. 'I am 2 and I am 3, the whole of me is 5' or 'I am 2 and I am 2 and I am 1, the whole of me is 5'.  This can be repeated each day with a different number up to 10.


Show your child two numbers, either written down or flash cards.  Ask them to use objects to make the numbers, e.g. a group of 1 and a group of 3.  Model the language from the previous activity, 'I am 1 and I am 3, the whole of me is 4.  Write another combination of numbers, e.g 3 and 4.  Sit back and watch what your child does.  Do they make the two groups and add them together to make the whole number?  If not, repeat the steps above until they can work through the steps independently.  After this you might introduce the + symbol and begin to show what it means.   


Here is a game to play. once your child is beginning to show a good understanding and has been introduced to the + symbol.


Happy adding!