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Here is some information about what we have been learning about in Year 1 in maths and how you can help at home.

Place Value

  • 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.

  1. How many more did we add?
  2. 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.