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Year 1 - Squirrels


Learn how to visualise number through patterns. Improve your child's counting, addition and subtraction. Develop mental arithmetic the way it's done in school.

Floss Rule

The Floss Rule

What is subitising?

Get a simple definition of subitising and early number sense.

What is counting?

Get a simple definition of counting and learning to count with this fun animation.

What is number?

Get a simple definition of the concept of number and the difference between cardinal, ordinal and nominal numbers.

Learning to count

How to help your child learn to count using counting songs, counting games and other counting activities.

Recognising numbers

Get tips to help your child recognise numbers and number patterns using fun maths games and activities.

Make handwriting fun

Help your child practise writing and keep them motivated with these fun ideas and games.

Reading At Home

Your child has been given a Reading Record and Phonics Log. Every time you read with your child at home please record the date, title of the book and any useful comments for us to read. Mr Musgrave and Mrs Brearley will also use the record to share with you observations we have made during guided or independent reading. At least once a week a random spot check will take place, where children can earn monster points if they read the night before!

How to support Phonics learning at home

Understand learning to read using phonics and how to put reading with phonics into practice at home.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language.

What is phonics?

Get a definition of phonics and understand the key aspects of learning to read using phonics.

Phonics top tips

Top tips for developing phonics skills at home, advice on decoding and blending words, and how to make the phonics sounds correctly from Ruth Miskin.