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Year 1 Maths

There are lots of easy and fun maths activities your child can be doing at home. We would like them to do one activity a day. Of course, they can do activities more than once, if they really love them! Here are some ideas:


Do some baking at home and carefully measure all the ingredients.


Go on a mini beast hunt in the garden. Can you keep a tally of how many worms, bees, woodlice, ladybirds etc can you find? Can you make a tally chart or draw a pictogram to record your findings? You could also do this with toys around the home: how many green teddies, how many blue?


Have a teddy bear tea party - can you order your teddies from smallest to largest?


Grow your own sunflower from seed. Keep a diary with pictures and record your measurements on how tall your sunflower is each week. Who can grow the tallest sunflower?


Go on a nature scavenger hunt - what 2D and 3D shapes can you find? Can you use twigs to make a triangle,  a rectangle, a pentagon or a hexagon? Challenge yourself to make a 3D shape with twigs and string. What is the biggest shape you can make? Take some pictures!


Make up your own exercise programme, doing fun exercises in the garden or your living room. How many star jumps will you do, how many high knees, touch your toes with your left hand, run to the fence and back, hop on one leg? Then do it with a friend and use a stopwatch to time each other.


Make your own potions, using whatever you have at home (make sure you check with an adult first!) and measure the ingredients. You could mix 100 ml of water with 5 drops of food colouring and 20 ml or sunflower oil and see what happens. Then mix in some flower petals or glitter. Write down the ingredients (and measurements) of your favourite potion so we can share them!


Maths Art- Use a piece of squared paper and some felt tips to make beautiful patterns. Or cut out different 2D shapes on coloured paper (triangles, squares, diamonds, circles, hexagons) and turn them into your own piece of art.


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Play lots of board games like snakes and ladders and monopoly - these are great for your counting skills! If you want to challenge yourself, you could count in 2s, 5s or 10s instead of 1s.


Make your own 'Yes or No' game. All you need is some paper and someone to play with. Draw different shapes or numbers on different pieces of paper. One player puts a piece of paper on their forehead without knowing what it is. They then ask the other player(s) yes or no questions: Am I a number?, Am I a 3D shape?, Do I have 4 sides? Swap over when they have guessed correctly.


Play Higher or Lower - make up different number cards, or use playing cards, and put them face down. Turn one card, and then predict if the next card is going to be higher or lower. If you can get to the bottom of your pile of cards, you win!


With an adult, play 'What's the time Mr Wolf?'. Use your kitchen clock (preferably analogue). Stand 5 meters apart. You ask 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' and your adult holds up the clock to show you. You then have to say the correct time before you are allowed to take one step forward. Repeat this until you reach your adult and you have won! Start with o'clock and half past first. Once you have mastered these, you can practice quarter past/to and then 5 minute intervals.


Coin rubbing: put a (thin) white piece of paper on top of a coin and gently rub the tip of the pencil over the coin until the coin design appears.


Trace around the shape of different coins. Can you do them in order from the smallest to the largest value?


Set up your own shop with cans and goodies from the kitchen cupboards. You can put price tags on your items, and then use real money (ask an adult first!) to do your pretend shopping! How much do your items cost altogether? How many items can you buy with exactly £1? How much change do you need? Can you pay the same amount in different ways, using different coins?


To practise your computer programming skills you can access Scratch from MIT for free. Children use this in school so most should be familiar with how it works.  (online)  (off line)