Year 1 Maths Guidance

The key focus of mathematics in Year 1 is to ensure your child develops confidence with whole numbers. They will learn to count forwards  and backwards to at least 100, order numbers and begin to learn key number facts by heart, for example 7 + 3 =10 or 8 + 2 =10. They will use practical resources and measuring equipment to both engage, support their developing understanding and problem solve.

Curriculum expectations for Year 1 include to:

  • Count, read and write numerals to at least 100
  • Say 1 more or 1 less than a given number to 100
  • Begin to know place value in numbers beyond 20
  • To remember number bonds within 20
  • Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20
  • Understand adding and subtracting zero
  • Use the words: put together, add, altogether, total, take away, difference between,
  • more than and less than
  • Count in twos, fives and tens
  • To recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, number or quantity
  • To recognise, find and name a quarter as one of two equal parts of an object, number or quantity
  • Compare, describe and measure lengths and heights, weight and capacity
  • Recognise and know value of coins and notes
  • Say the days of the week, months of the year
  • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour
  • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, e.g. rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres
  • Describe position, directions and movements—make whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns
  • Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas

Suggested websites

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Find out how you can help your child at home by visiting the family maths toolkit:
These Maths games are a selection of Gordon’s resources. They are “exe” files that you will need to download to a PC and run. They do not work on mobile devices or Apple computers.


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