Here is some information about what we have been learning about in Year 1 in maths and how you can help at home.
- We have been making numbers with objects and finding them on a number line so that we can understand the order of numbers and compare them up to 20.
- We have been using the language equal, more/greater and less/ fewer.
- At home you can compare groups of numbers with objects e.g. Mum has 9 sweets. You have 7 sweets. Which number is more? Which number is less?
- Your child could compare the numbers by writing the greater than and less than symbols.
- Your child can also practise 1 more or 1 less than a given number. They can do this practically with objects or use a number line to count forwards or back 1.
- We have been learning that a number can be partitioned (split) into two or more parts.
- This helps the children with their number bonds and addition.
- We have been using a part whole model to show this concept clearly.
- They are using the language part, part and whole.
- Your child could make their own part whole models at home and see how many different ways they can split the same number.
- How many more did we add?
- How many do we have altogether now?
- At home your child can draw a picture e.g. 4 black cats and add 2 more ginger cats or use toys or real objects e.g. 4 red pencils and add 2 black pencils.. They can write addition number sentences and/or a part whole model to go with it.
- We have been learning that when we add we count forwards. You could also get your child to practise working out addition number sentences/ number stories by using a number line to count on from the first number E.g.:
- We have been learning that when we subtract our number gets smaller.
- We have been using the language take away, subtract and left.
- At home your child can practise telling subtraction number stories e.g.
First there were 7 birds in a tree. Then 2 flew away. Now there are 5 birds left.’
- They can use real objects to work out the answers and physically take them away or they can draw pictures and cross out the ones they are subtracting.
- Another strategy is to use a number line and count back from their starting number.