Year 1 Maths

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Addition and Subtraction Stories

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Get Ready

You will need: paper and either a pencil or a marker.


As your child listens, tell a number story. Use the examples below or think of your own. Then break down story by asking your child questions and writing down the different parts using the plus, minus and equals signs so that the addition and subtraction word problems are clear:

Go a Little Further

Have your child tell their own story using add or subtraction, like those in the examples. The story can be about something that really happened or something that he makes up.

This activity is adapted from page 225 of What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

This activity has cross-curricular connections: click below to see related activities (repeated owls show multiple related activities in that subject).

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