Wednesday 21st July – Maths

Addition Up To 20.

I am learning to use addition strategies to solve problems with numbers up to 20.

I know I can do it when I have used my mental strategies to solve some addition problems.

To complete today’s task you will need some cards numbered 1-20. You can create your own or use the ones attached below.

Independent Task

Using your 1-20 cards, shuffle them and place them face down on the floor.

Flip over two random cards and add the numbers together using your favourite addition strategy.

Record the problems that you have solved in your Maths book. Try to solve at least 5 different problems.

Adjusting This Task For You!

If you are finding this task a bit too tricky, use the cards from 1-12.

If you want to challenge yourself with this task, create some cards that are even larger than 20…maybe up to 30 or even 50!

Monday 19th July – Maths

Addition Using Counting On

I am learning to use the counting on strategy to solve addition problems.

I know I can do it when I am counting on from the biggest number.

This week we are looking at solving addition sums, focusing on counting on from the largest number. This strategy allows us to count a collection of objects much quicker.

Watch the video below to learn more about counting on. ↓↓↓

Independent Task

To complete today’s task, you will need some playing cards or two dice. If you don’t have any, follow this link for some online dice.

Using cards:

  • Remove all of the picture cards and the 10s from your deck so that you only have Aces through to 9s.
  • Choose two cards from your deck (eg. 3, 4).
  • starting from the biggest number, use the counting on strategy to work out the total of the two cards added together (4+3=7).
  • In your maths book, write down the addition problem that you have solved.

Using dice:

  • Roll two dice (10 sided if you have them)
  • starting from the biggest number, use the counting on strategy to work out the total of the two dice added together (4+3=7).
  • In your maths book, write down the addition problem that you have solved.

Repeat this process at least 5 times.


If you wish to challenge yourself, you could try to use mental strategies to add 2-digit numbers.

Thursday 10th June – Maths

Time – Duration of Time

I am learning to match words and pictures to the correct duration of time, including months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.

I know I can do it when I can understand that different events take different durations of time.

Today we are focusing on different durations of time including minutes, hours, days, months and years. We will begin to recognise that some things take a short amount of time (like brushing our teeth) while others take longer (like sleeping at night or going on a holiday).

Independent Task

Think of five different tasks that take different amounts of time (durations). Draw a picture of each task.

Next to the pictures, write how long you think each task takes using some of the following words:

  • Seconds
  • Minutes
  • Hours
  • Days
  • Months
  • Years


If you were not able to use all of the vocabulary words above for one of your examples, think of a task that will be able to use the word that you missed.

If you thought of examples for all of the vocabulary words, think of one more task for each one.

Monday 7th June – Maths

Time – Duration (Minutes)

I am learning to understand that 1 minute is the same as 60 seconds.

I know I can do it when I have completed activities that last 1 minute.

This week we will be looking at time in a variety of different ways. Today’s focus will be to develop our understanding that 60 seconds is the same amount of time as 1 minute.

Independent Task

What sorts of things can you do in 60 seconds?

Brainstorm/write a list of activities that you can complete around your house in about 60 seconds. Some examples might include: getting dressed, washing your hands, running to your letterbox and back.

Once you have written your list, test it out!

Using a stopwatch, write down the time it took you to complete each task on your list. For example: it took me 33 seconds to run to the letterbox and back.

Thursday 3rd June – Maths

Number Patterns

This week we have been looking at patterns using shapes or objects. Patterns can also be created using numbers.

Look at the examples in the table above.

Independent Task

Have a go at creating your own number patterns. Here are some ideas that you could try:

Make a number pattern using the number 3.

Make a counting backwards pattern starting at the number 55.

Make a number pattern that has the number 12 in it.

Create a number pattern using the numbers 4 and 10.

Or think of your own creative ideas.


Try playing this number pattern game.

Wednesday June 2nd – Maths

Growing Patterns

I am learning to explain and create a growing pattern.

I know I can do it when I have created my own growing pattern.

Growing patterns are a little bit different to repeating patterns. The photos below demonstrate some growing patterns.

What do you notice about the growing patterns?

Independent Task

Explain what you think a growing pattern is based on the pictures above.

Have a go at building some of your own growing patterns using items in your home. Describe your growing patterns and explain how they are different from each other.

Tuesday 1st June – Maths

Triangle Patterns

I am learning to make a repeating pattern using triangles.

I know I can do it when I have used triangles to create a repeating pattern.

For this task you will need to make some triangles. You can create your own or follow the link below to find some that have already been prepared for you.

Using triangles, and only triangles, what repeating patterns can you create?

Independent Task

Make a collection of different triangle patterns and describe your patterns.

You can colour some of your patterns to help make them really interesting.


Using two different coloured pencils, create ten different interesting patterns and describe them.