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Fernvale Primary School

A place to learn and grow

  1. Our classes
  2. Year 1 Mrs Wain
  3. Maths

Overview of Maths in Year 1


In Year 1 we enjoy lots of practical activities to use and apply our learning in maths. Here are the different strands of learning and some of the key objectives we work towards achieving.

Number and Place Value

  • Children extend their use of counting numbers to at least 100.
  • They develop recognition of patterns in the number system including odd and even numbers and counting in ones, twos, fives and tens.
  • They begin to use place value to understand the relative size of numbers and to order two digit numbers.

Addition and Subtraction

  • In Year 1 mathematical symbols (+, - and =) are used to record addition and subtraction calculations.
  • Children become confident at recalling number bonds for 10 (for example, 6+4, 3+7).
  • Through practise of addition and subtraction children learn number facts for numbers up to 20.

Multiplication and Division

  • Through practical activities, the concepts of multiplication and division are introduced in Year 1.
  • Children begin to recognise the symbols x and ÷.


  • Children learn to identify halves and quarters by solving practical problems.
  • The idea of halves and quarters to the concept of sharing and grouping numbers.


  • Rulers, weighing scales and jugs are all used to measure objects using common standard units of measurement.
  • Children practise comparing length, weight, volume and time using words such as longer/shorter, heavier than/light than, more/less and quicker/slower.
  • They begin to recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks,
  • months and years
  • Children are taught to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour.

Properties of Shape

  • Children become familiar with a range of common 2D and 3D shapes.
  • They learn to recognise these shapes in different orientations, sizes and contexts.

Position and direction

  • Children continue learning how to use positional language accurately, for example by describing if an object is opposite, next to in front of or behind another.
  • Through practical activities they explore the difference between half, quarter and three-quarter turns using a clockwise direction.

Have a look at the slideshow of maths learning in Year One