# Year 2 Maths

# Dicey Addition

## Review a few things about addition

- When you add numbers together, the answer you get is called the sum. The sum of 3 + 2 is 5. The sum of 3 + 4 is 7. What is the sum of 5 + 3?
- It does not matter what order you add numbers in, the sum is still the same. 3 + 4 = 7 and 4 + 3 = 7. So, if you know that 2 + 6 = 8, you also know what 6 + 2 equals.

## Get Ready

You will need:

- A pencil and paper
- Two six-sided dice
- Number cards from 2 to 12 (these can be purchased but you and your child can also make your own by labelling index cards from 2 to 12).

## Go

Give your child a pencil and a sheet of paper. Now have her roll the dice. She should say aloud the numbers she has rolled and then write them as an equation on her paper. For example, if she rolls a 6 and a 4, she writes (and reads aloud): 6 + 4.

Now have her add the numbers together. If she needs to, your child can count the dots on the dice to add the numbers. 6 + 4 = 10.

When she finds the correct sum, she turns the number card representing that sum face down. When she finds that 6 + 4 is 10, she will turn the number card for 10 face down. When all the number cards from 2 to 12 have been turned face down, the game is over. (You can also adapt this game to include two or more players.)

## Go a Little Further

Use three dice and number cards from 2 to 18 and have your child add the numbers together to find the larger sums. She should first add two numbers, and then add the third number.

This activity is adapted from page 255 of What Your Year 2 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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