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Wc 22.06.20

Learning Focus 2 Doubling

  • REMEMBER: double means twice as many and use this language when exploring the concept. 
  • Explore: doubling through adding two groups of the same amount of objects together and seeing how many there are altogether. Explain your finding through a sentences such as "altogether we have 6, 3+3=6, so double of 3 is 6, twice of 3 is 6" 



  • Try using a mirror to explore doubles. Put a small number of items in front of the mirror and discuss how you can see the same amount in the mirror, count how many their are altogether and say the "double ____ is ____"


  • Sorting doubles and non-doubles- provide examples of doubles and non-doubles and ask your child to sort them and explain how they did it
  • Playing Dominoes- start by exploring the dominoes, ask your child to find the dominoes with double numbers on them, say the doubles sentences each time. Next play dominoes and look at the doubles you make as you play. 
  • Matching pairs game- go on a walk around your local area, collect items such as leaves, pebbles, shells (if your at the beach) etc. Set some of the items out in front of your child, ask them to double they number of items they have using the rest of the items you collected. Discuss how they achieved this and how they know it is right. 
  • Butterfly Pictures- create folding butterfly pictures (see picture below). Before you fold your pictures, discuss how many spots are on the wings, try and work out what double that number is. Fold our picture and count how spots all together, did you double the number correctly? 
  • Find the number shapes- hide the Numicon shapes around your garden/ house/ local park (see print out below of you do not own these, you could also use number cards). Give a Numicon to your child and ask them to find the matching Numicon to make a double, encourage them to say the double they have found. 

Learning Focus 3:

Taking Away 

  • This can be really tricky so learning slowly is the best option don't try to rush and take small steps. Practising this all the time, using the examples below is the best way to learn!
  • Counting Backwards: 


  • Keep up with these skills, practising taking away in everyday situations and saying the number sentences out loud. 
  • This skill is a basic step in the learning journey towards taking away. 
  • Sing the song below to help you remember. 
  • You can pretend you are a rocket counting down to BLAST OFF! 


GAME: Hidden Items!

  • Count out 5 cubes. Ask your child to check how many there are and ensure they know and can remember. 
  • Cover the cubes with a cloth, check that your child remembers how many there are. 
  • Take away some cubes counting them as you take them. 
  • Ask: how many cubes are there now? 
  • Repeat: with other amounts of cubes.
  • REMEMBER: to ask how your child worked out the answer, and say and write the number sentence to match your activity.