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Small Hands on Maths!



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Have you ever wished maths could be more fun?

Or that it would slow down a little so you could keep up?

Come along to discover how much fun active maths can be and help promote problem solving in numeracy.

Programme develops for those who have attended previously.

In this programme, we will be developing mental agility through a range of teaching approaches.  Using concrete materials, small groups of children will be taught different strategies to solve mathematical problems.  

Children will be taught the five strands in teaching number – number word sequences, numerals, number structures, addition/subtraction and multiplication/division.  We will use hands-on materials such as counting sticks, dice, tens frames, counters, dominos and blank number lines.  We will also play maths games such as snakes and ladders, bingo, scrabble, show numbers with our fingers and read number stories. 

Each week the children will be encouraged to share and discuss the strategy they used, allowing them to learn from others and become more independent learners. They will also be encouraged to self-check to see if they solved a problem correctly or work out why they got it wrong.  Children will develop the confidence to take risks, ask questions and explore alternative solutions without the fear of being wrong.

Learning outcomes

  • To recognise, form and order whole numbers above 20.

  • To have a strong grasp of number bonds to 100.

  • To be able to count forwards and backwards from different starting points.

  • To estimate a number of objects.

  • To identify number before and after.

  • Make equal groups of numbers and make links to multiplication/division.

  • To identify place value and round to the nearest 10 by visualising.

  • To skip count forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s.

  • Double and halve numbers.

  • Add and subtract using different strategies.


2 hours per week for 8 weeks in Term 3

Target Age

5-8 year olds