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Week beginning 5.1.21

1. Sing 5 little speckled frogs.


2. This week we are teaching children to understand that numbers can be combined by combining smaller numbers, including zero. Watch the following clip from Number Blocks that explains how this can be done.


3. Look at the powerpoint that explain part-whole numbers using Numicon and discuss which numbers are needed to make 5.
4. Watch the clip to show how 2 parts make a whole to make 5.

5. Gather 5 objects from around the house and put them in 2 different piles.

Model adding the 2 piles together practically.

Make different piles with the 5 objects and repeat adding the 2 piles together.

Gather different objects and repeat the same exercise to model how we can add 2 different groups together to make 5. 

6. Using the previous activity ask the children to record (using marks or numbers) the 2 piles of objects that make 5. This can be repeated to make addition sums to 5.

1 + 4 = 5

2 + 3 = 5

0 + 5 = 5

Week beginning 7.12.20

1. Read Peace at last by Jill Murphy.


2. Discuss the differences between day and night. Think about what happens in your day and what you do at night.

3. Draw 3 pictures of the things that you do during the daytime. Can you put them in order? What do you do first, in the morning, afternoon and evening?

4. Sing days of the week song. Discuss what day comes before and after.

5. Sit still for 1 minute. Does it feel like a long/short time?

Use a 1 minute timer and complete a variety of activities e.g. hop, jump, throw a ball, take shoes on and off, write your name etc. How many times can you do each activity in 1 minute?

Week beginning 16th November


This week we are finding 1 more than a number. We are doing this practically, using our counting and comparing skills. The children should be encouraged to count how many they have and then count on 1 more.


1. Watch the Number blocks clip emphasising the language 1 more than.



2. Use small objects that you have up to 10 of. These could be cars, Lego, sweets etc. Ask the children to count out a number up to 9. Then ask them to find 1 more practically. This should be repeated many times for different numbers. 

3. The children can attempt to record the activity that was completed yesterday as it should be repeated again today to consolidate understanding. The children could record using dots, marks, tallies or numbers.

lllll   +    l  = llllll

5  + 1  = 6


4. Sing the 1 more than song

Drop concrete objects into a box. Children close their eyes and listen to drops and count how many items they think are in the box.

What if I add 1 more?

How many are in the box now?

Children make predictions and count to find out.

Use a number line to draw attention to the fact that it is the number that comes next in the count.

Number Line

5. Children to complete 'Sweets in the jar' powerpoint.

Week beginning 9.11.20


This week we are comparing groups of objects. We have encouraged the children to use the language same as, fewer and more than.

1. Grab 2 handfuls of objects (Lego, pasta, sweets etc)

2. identify which hand has fewer than the other.

3. Repeat activity identifying which hand has more than.

4. Take the same amount in both hands.