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maths resources Year 1? worksheets or books?

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printerbox25 Sun 24-Aug-14 22:23:21

just found urbrainy website with lots of woksheets but it is a pain to keep printing. is there a book that I coudl sit with my DD and do math activities - just to strengthen her confidence etc? I do not mean tutoring - just time to time to sit and see how she gets on...Please recommend me some books/ good websites? Thank you!

NormHonal Sun 24-Aug-14 22:34:27

Rather than a book, why not try counting and doing simple sums with objects, then write down the sums? My DC1 finds it fun and usually wants to do more and more.

Examples we have done: roll two dice, add/subtract the numbers; Lego blocks (lucky dip) and do the same; sums using fridge magnets; in the supermarket or on a day out - making up number puzzles based on the length of a queue or how many things we are buying for example if I have eight items in my basket and you are holding three, how many do we have in total and can we stand in the "ten items or less" queue? How many items do we need to take away? Also, simple coins to add up to prices. Baking is another great practical exercise, weighing and measuring ingredients.

Sorry, hope this is not patronising, but we have been encouraged by the school to support their teaching this way rather than written sums, IYSWIM.

Potcallingkettle Sun 24-Aug-14 22:41:27

I agree with NormHonal. Also try playing games. Anything from Snakes and Ladders to Monopoly, whatever she's ready for. If you are desperate for proper sums then try some interactive Maths sites on the net. has some good links for KS1 children.

Ferguson Wed 27-Aug-14 15:30:00

Agree with other replies - numbers are meant to be USED for something, not just learned for the sake of it.

As a primary TA for twenty years, I give below my numeracy advice. Also, data collection, keeping records or statistics, and producing graphs or charts are quite a creative way of using numbers, and encourage accurate and neat work. (Not sure what stage of latest curriculum Data Handling comes in, but even Yr1 can try a simplified version of it.)


Practical things are best for grasping number concepts - bricks, Lego, beads, counters, money, shapes, weights, measuring, cooking.

Do adding, taking away, multiplication (repeated addition), division (sharing), using REAL OBJECTS as just 'numbers' can be too abstract for some children.

Number Bonds of Ten forms the basis of much maths work, so try to learn them. Using Lego or something similar, use a LOT of bricks (of just TWO colours, if you have enough) lay them out so the pattern can be seen of one colour INCREASING while the other colour DECREASES. Lay them down, or build up like steps.


ten of one colour none of other
nine of one colour one of other
eight of one colour two of other
seven of one colour three of other

etc, etc

then of course, the sides are equal at 5 and 5; after which the colours 'swap over' as to increasing/decreasing.

To learn TABLES, do them in groups that have a relationship, thus:

x2, x4, x8

x3, x6, x12

5 and 10 are easy

7 and 9 are rather harder.

Starting with TWO times TABLE, I always say: "Imagine the class is lining up in pairs; each child will have a partner, if there is an EVEN number in the class. If one child is left without a partner, then the number is ODD, because an odd one is left out."

Use Lego bricks again, lay them out in a column of 2 wide to learn 2x table. Go half way down the column, and move half the bricks up, so that now the column is 4 bricks wide. That gives the start of 4x table.

Then do similar things with 3x and 6x.

With 5x, try and count in 'fives', and notice the relationship with 'ten' - they will alternate, ending in 5 then 10.

It is important to try and UNDERSTAND the relationships between numbers, and not just learn them 'by rote'.

I am sorry it seems complicated trying to explain these concepts, but using Lego or counters should make understanding easier.

An inexpensive solar powered calculator (no battery to run out!) can help learn tables by 'repeated addition'. So: enter 2+2 and press = to give 4. KEEP PRESSING = and it should add on 2 each time, giving 2 times table.

There are good web sites, which can be fun to use :


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