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F1 Maths


This activity is to reinforce knowing the days of the week in order because repetition of skills is the key to embedding our learning.
Listen to the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and focus on the days of the week.
With your child can you make a caterpillar head then cut out 7 circles for his body. On each circle, write the days of the week and spread them around the floor. Now help your child to choose the circle that says ‘Monday’ and place it next to the caterpillar’s head. Repeat the activity by finding the circle that says ‘Tuesday’ until all the days are in order on your caterpillar’s body.
You can extend your child by asking them ‘If today is Tuesday, what day was it yesterday?’ ‘What day comes before Wednesday?’ ‘What day will it be tomorrow?’ ‘Which 2 days make up the weekend?’
You could also talk about what your child does on different days of the week.
There are lots of songs to help your child learn the days too if you search on ‘You Tube.’ We would love to see your photos and videos! Have fun!

This activity is to reinforce number recognition and number formation.
The Hungry Caterpillar enjoys eating lots of different foods:
1 apple on Monday
2 pears on Tuesday
3 plums on Wednesday
4 strawberries on Thursday
5 oranges on Friday.
Listen to the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and focus on the different amounts of food on each day. Can you collect (or make with playdoh / draw) the right amount of objects for each day. For example: draw / collect / make 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries and 5 oranges.
Now practice forming these numbers by writing them or making them using playdoh, stones, pasta etc.
Can you use paint or chalk or a squeezy bottle full of water to form the numbers?
If you feel your child is confident with larger numbers then you can practice these too.
We would love to see your number creations on Tapestry or dojo! Have fun!

The Caterpillar is feeling extra hungry today!
Can you make your own hungry caterpillar head using card / a large box etc? Cut out a hole for its mouth!
Collect some real fruit / foods or make your own using playdoh or drawings.
Throw a dice and see what number it lands on (e.g. 3). Collect that amount of food objects and ‘feed’ your hungry caterpillar. Throw the dice again (e.g. 2) and collect that amount of food objects to feed the caterpillar again. Now can you add the two groups of food together to find the total amount that the caterpillar has eaten?
(3 + 2 = 5).
Repeat this game. If you haven’t got a dice you could make some numbers cards to choose.
You could also use your fives frame or make a tens frame if you are using larger numbers to lay your objects out to help you add them together. Can you write a number sentence using the ‘+’ and ‘=’ signs?
It is really helpful if you touch each object in turn when you are counting them.
We would love to see your photos and videos! Have fun! 😀
Let’s Double!
Ask your grown up to help you cut out some butterfly shapes (or print some outlines). Use a dice or a set of number cards labelled 1 to 6.
Throw the dice or pick a number card e.g. 2. Put two counters / small objects on one wing of the butterfly. Now put the same amount of objects on the other side. You are ‘doubling’ the amount! Count how many objects there are on both wings. Say the doubling number sentence:
“Double 2 is 4 altogether. “2 plus 2 is 4.”
You could use paint and put the correct amount of finger dots on one side of the butterfly’s wings then fold the paper in half so the paint prints on the other side. Now count how many dots altogether when the number is doubled.
Practise saying the doubles for double 1, double 2 and double 5 first then focus on other double facts if your child is confident with larger numbers.
Double 1 is 2, double 2 is 4, double 3 is 6, double 4 is 8, double 5 is 10.
We would love to see your pictures! Have fun!
Tasty Takeaway!
Choose 6 food items for the hungry caterpillar to eat. These could be real foods, play foods or even made from playdoh!
Throw a dice and count the spots (or identify the number).
Take that amount of food objects away and count how many are left. Can you say or write a takeaway number sentence?
Example: 6 takeaway 4 leaves 2
6 4 = 2
Repeat the game to takeaway other amounts. You could add some more fun by making your own hungry caterpillar to pretend to ‘eat’ the foods!
We would love to see your pictures! Have fun!
Parents / Carers:
You can choose the amount of food objects that you feel your child is confident with, (e.g. taking away from 10 or more). Encourage your child to understand ‘takeaway’ means ‘less.’