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# Year 1

### Using Our Maths A

##### Following Units 1-6

These activities bring together the different mathematical skills that your child should now know. By combining these skills in puzzles and activities your child will need to reason and think of solutions, as well as complete calculations. This will help your child to really understand the skills they are learning.

Talk through each group of questions and ask your child how they are going to solve the challenges.

It’s good to get stuck sometimes! When this happens discuss the challenge in the following order:

• What do we need to find out to solve the challenge?
• What do we know by looking at the question?
• Want could we do first?
• How would that help us?

Is there anything else we could do?

#### Activity 1: Counting Games in everyday life

To deepen your child’s ability to count, and their understanding of the value of numbers, try these counting games. The secret is to make counting forwards and backwards into a game, using things your child is interested in.

Count stairs as you go up, counting backwards as you go down.
Ask your child how many times they can skip, jump, hop… counting as they go.
Ask your child to count their toys e.g. as they set out model figures.
Out and about try counting shells on the beach, flowers in the park, red cars as you drive.