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– and The McGinty Speech and Language Centre

"Let your light shine”, Matthew 5. 16

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Cognition & Learning

Some activity ideas which you could choose from, if  helpful, for number provision plan target skills practice.

The addition skills come before the subtraction understanding, and naturally the activities within 10 are for younger children or as a warm-up to the later ones, and activities within 20 are higher level.

Numicon shape pictorial presentation help Poppy year 1 and 2 children greatly, following learning with real objects, as the visuals support understanding of the number concepts. These can be drawn if time allowed (if you don't have Numicon shapes and don't print). 

Hope one or two may be of help and interest over time. 

Here are some links to some exciting resources which will include "one more" & "one less" for our Year R and other younger Poppy children, and lots of other skills, such as in maths: doubling, number bonds,and much more. 

We hope they may  prove both useful and fun:  (eg as mentioned on Chestnut class page: "Choppersquad" for "1 more/1 less" understanding & practice). 

If you have a spare few minutes the following course reflects a lot of the self - soothe strategies that we use, twice weekly, in sensory circuits. The children really enjoy this part of the session as it creates a sense of relaxation and wellbeing and above all it helps send a message to your brain that you feel loved and safe.

They can show you a lot of the techniques  and hopefully you will enjoy them too!


These resources and activity ideas relate to some of the majority of Poppy children's Maths number targets in the Cognition and Learning Outcome of their Provision Plans. 

There are ideas for number bonds/number facts of given numbers, doubling , one less/one more than a number.


We don't expect all of you to print them and complete for your child's book, necessarily - you might just take an idea and write out some challenges yourselves or do something with chalks on a paving slab outside or verbally, to practise the same skills. 

Please remember, though, that where possible, the use of real objects, be they buttons, pasta shapes or counters etc , always helps our children to best grasp the concept and warm up to the process involved. 

Have fun!