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Maths Challenges 22.02.2021


Week 1 – Adding

This week we would like to remind your brains all about adding. We have some fun games for you to have a go at which are the web links below. Afterwards we have included some activities for you to have a go at.

Week 2 – Grouping and Sharing (the beginnings of multiplication and division)

This week the children begin to learn about how to make groups of different numbers and share a
number of objects into groups equally. This is a crucial building block in their knowledge and so
there are more helpful hints for you. Feel free to do this all practically - the worksheets are there if
you wish to use them. 
This will build on our work of counting in steps of 2 and 10 and lead to the ideas of multiplication and division. It would be helpful if you could gather a group of counters, cubes, blocks, teddies, grapes, Lego bricks etc so that the children can physically make and share the groups. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything to hand you can draw things.

Task 1 – What is equal? 1 day

Children need to know the word equal and that it means that each group need the same amount in
the. Try sharing some items into 2, 3, 4 groups equally . Tell stories while you do it e.g. the teddy
bear wants to share his Lego with a friend. How can we make sure they get the same number of
They need to get used to counting each group to make sure they have the same amount in


Task 2 – Making groups (multiplication) 2 days

Day 1 - When we start looking at making groups we look at it in terms of repeated addition.
Sally gave 10 sweets to her brother, 10 sweets to her sister and 10 sweets to her friend. How many
sweets did she give?
10 + 10 + 10. We then move on to saying 3 groups of 10. At this point, do not
worry too much about using the x symbol but if you feel you child is ready, explain that x means
‘groups of’ but is also called times and multiply.
Watch the video


Day 2 – Practice counting forwards and backwards in steps of 10 and 2. If they are unsure about 2
use a number track to show how say 0 out loud, 1 in their head, 2 out loud, 3 in their head etc. They can then move on to jumping over the numbers they say in their head – 0, jump over 1, 2, jump over 3, 4 etc. They will soon learn which numbers to read out. If they haven’t secured it today. Practice for 3 or 4 minutes every day.

Recap what they learnt yesterday about repeated addition showing groups of. Practically - Can you
make 2 groups of 5 bricks? How many is that altogether? Can you make 10 groups of 2 pieces of
pasta? How many is that altogether?
Repeat with different objects and groups of. As this is the first
time they have really encountered this – keep the numbers low i.e. answers below 20 so they can
focus on the concepts of making groups. Can they record what you have done by using repeated
 Anyway of recording is fine - pictures, numbers or repeated addition calculations. The following sheet is optional.



Task 3 – Sharing equally (division) 2 days

Keep practising counting in steps of 2 and 10.
Days 1 and 2 - At this age children understand the concept of sharing more than groups of. Be sure
they count to check their groups are equal. Focus on the word sharing but feel free to bring in the
word division and if you feel they are ready ÷ . 
Play sharing games with food at lunchtime, snacks, teddy tea party etc. Food works really well for
this as children always want to make sure that the groups are equal so that it is fair!

Maths Challenges 03.02.2021



This week we will be looking at subtraction.


To warm up your brains have a go at some fun online games which we have linked below. These will help to remind the children all about subtraction.


If you need a little reminding about subtraction take a look at these helpful videos (the last 3 on subtraction) and go through how we subtract.


Once you have finished you can have a go at the three worksheets provided. For an extra Mastery challenge you can attempt some Subtraction word problems.

Maths Challenges 20.01.2021


Week 1 – Place Value 

For your first challenge we would like you to learn about Place Value within 20. If you click on the ‘White Rose Maths’ web link you will find lots of informational videos for you to watch which explains what you will be learning. You can pause the videos at certain points to answer questions and check you are understanding it. 

Once you have finished you can download this activity booklet. You can either print it off or write the answers on a piece of paper, it’s up to you.  

This challenge should be done throughout a week. The children will be able to gain a better understanding when this is learnt a bit at a time. 

Week 2 – Shapes 

Your next challenge is all about 2D and 2D shapes. If you click on the ‘White Rose Maths’ web link you will find more informational videos for you to watch which will explain what you will be learning. 

After you have watched the videos there are some further tasks below for you to complete. 


2D Shape I-Spy. Count how many of each shape you can see. You could write down the number next to the shape on a piece of paper or you could even try and do a tally chart. 


3D Shapes around the house. Can you look around your house and see if you can see any objects that resemble the 3D you have learnt. How many of each shape could you find? Which shape did you find the most of? 


Shape Patterns. Can you continue the shape patterns? Consider the shapes and the colours. 


Maths Challenges 06.01.2021


Challenge 1 – Fractions

For your first challenge we are going to look at halves and quarters of shapes. Take a look at the power points to learn how we can do this.

Using paper and scissors cut out some shapes (square, circle, rectangle, triangle).

Can you fold these shapes in half? Can you draw the half line? Can you colour in half the shape?

Can you fold these shapes into quarters? Can you draw the quarter lines? Can you colour in a quarter of the shape?

Challenge 2 – Money

Your next challenge is to look at money. Have a look at as many different coins as you can. Talk about what the coins look like and their value.

If possible, have a bigger selection of coins and see if you can sort them into different piles (For example, all the 1p together or all the silver coins together etc.).  How many different ways can you sort them?

To consolidate play the coin reveal game and see what you can remember.

If you are feeling confident and want an extra challenge you can play the ‘Piggy Bank’ game.