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Week Beginning 8.2.21

Activity 1 –Monday.

Watch the short clip of the teacher demonstrating combining 2 groups of objects to find a total. The pegs on a coat hanger activity is included in the home learning challenge to have a go at yourself. To extend your child’s thinking you could challenge them by asking them which side of the coat hanger has more/ less pegs? Ask them if they could say, or even write, the number sentence to match.

Teacher video

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You could add an element of competition to the activity by playing with a family member. Take turns to play. The winner is the one who scores the highest total each time. You could keep score and see who is the champion after having 5 turns.

If you haven’t got dice, you could use this link

Activity 2 - Tuesday

Watch the White Rose maths home learning video combining 2 groups. This video clip uses a picture to demonstrate how to combine 2 groups to find out how many there are altogether. It also introduces the concept of representing the objects in the pictures with counters. This is an important step in the process of moving from using concrete objects to abstract thinking.

When watching the video, encourage your child to practise their skill of subitising. Do they need to count each object in each group or do they recognise the quantities in smaller groups without counting?

Once you have watched the video, your child can use the picture to find their own totals. To help them they could either use 10 frames drawn on a piece of paper or you could print out the ones included.


You may like to draw your own picture and combine the objects you have drawn to find different totals.

Activity 3 - Wednesday

Watch the White Rose maths home learning video combining 2 groups. This video clip reinforces the work started yesterday combining 2 groups to find out how many there are altogether.

Once the clip has finished, you could either use your own dominoes (if you have them) or the sheet provided to find the totals of spots on each domino. To extend your child’s learning you could ask them to write a number sentence for each domino.

Activity 4 - Thursday

Watch the PowerPoint Combining Groups. As you work through the slides, discuss how many different objects there are in each group and how we could find out how many there are altogether. Encourage your child to use 10 frames to represent each group of objects as spots/ counters. The 10 frames could be printed out or simply drawn on a piece of paper.

Complete the maths activity sheet which includes some of the pictures from the PowerPoint and upload it to Google Classroom. If you don’t have a printer, simply look at the pictures from the PowerPoint and draw the 10 frames on a piece of paper.


Extra Problem Solving Challenge – When you roll 2 dice, what’s the highest number you can get? What’s the lowest?

(N.B. This challenge may be easier if you have spotty dice to use, rather than numbered.)

Activity 5 - Friday

Watch Numberblocks episode - 5 and Friends

As you watch the episode, notice which numbers combine with 5 to make the numbers 6-10. Make your own number line to 10 using 10 frame representations for each number.  E.g.

10 frame grids

Can you say which number is which without having to count the spots on each 10 frame? You could write the number sentence for each of the numbers 6-10, representing each as 5 +___.

You may enjoy playing this Topmarks Education addition game. Count each group to solve the calculation.

Your child may enjoy finishing the week by listening to these two stories. As they watch the clips, combine the groups in the pictures to find the totals.

Quack and Count by Keith Baker

Animals on Board by Stuart Murphy