Ioan was keen to show Finn what they’d learnt about in Reception. The subtraction rhyme they used in school was:

“5 little ladybirds went out to play. One little ladybird flew away.”

As usual, Ioan adapted the rhyme to suit Finn’s interests.


  • Log slices with numbers written on
  • Flowers
  • Subtraction and equals signs


This was the rhyme Ioan invented for Finn:

He was really supportive of Finn having a go.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

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