Subtracting 2 from 8

Rodd the pirate sees an advert for a parrot costing 2 gold pieces. Rodd involves the children in counting the 8 gold pieces in his chest, as he thinks about whether he has enough coins, and about how many he will have left if he buys the parrot. Children can help check Rodd’s subtraction by counting with his abacus, and finger counting. Rodd buys the parrot and the children help him to bury his remaining coins. Children then sing along with Rodd’s number rap about ‘8 take away 6’.

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