Elmer was Finn’s choice for our ‘book club’ after preschool today. As always it had to include a maths activity!



I left these resources out and left it up to Finn to choose what he did first. Unsurprisingly, he went straight for the Year 1 addition worksheet.

In the video below, you can see how Finn worked through these sums. He already knew the answer to the first line of addition facts. When he got to some trickier facts (such as 9+4), I suggested he use his numicon to work out the answer.

Then he moved on to the colour and count worksheet. I encouraged him to help me read the instructions.

Afterwards we read the books and Finn was able to answer questions about them.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add two single-digit numbers and count on to find the answer.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)


Reading (40 to 60+ months)

  • Begins to read words and simple sentences.

Numeracy Year 1 programme of study

Number – number and place value

  • given a number, identify 1 more and 1 less
  • identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least

Number – addition and subtraction

  • read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (−) and equals (=) signs
  • represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including 0