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Winscombe Primary School

W/B 30th Nov

Year 1 children

This week we are going to explore subtraction again. We have been practising to identify how many are left in a group, once we have subtracted an amount. Go through the powerpoint attached and see how many of the questions you can work out before looking at the next slide!

Once you have done this, please complete the subtraction sheets underneath - you could even attempt some subtraction number sentences of your own if you feel confident with this concept!


This week we will be looking at number bonds (two numbers that add to make a given total). It is really important that children can think flexibly about numbers and see them in different ways. For instance seeing that 5 could be 5 or 3+2 or 4+1. This will support their mathematical development.




  • Pick a number, e.g. 4, Say the number together. Four. Say: Flippy, floppy, flippy, floppy, show me!
  • Children show four fingers standing up. They must use both hands! E.g. 2 fingers standing up on one hand, and 2 on the other, or 1 standing on one hand and 3 on the other. They could show 4 and none.
  • Ask them to show it a different way.
  • Play again, using a different number, e.g. 3 or 5.


  • Write 5 big on the board.
  • Say a smaller number, e.g. two. Children must show you how many fingers go with two to make 5.
  • Repeat, saying a different number.
  • Rehearse all combinations.
  • Can be repeated for BIG FOUR or BIG SIX.