Maths KS1: Adding 2 to 8

Rodd has made a birthday cake for his mascot dog called Patch.

He is putting the candles on Patch’s cake, and asks us to work out how old she is.

We join in, checking that ‘8 plus 2 makes 10’ by counting on Rodd's special abacus, and finger counting.

The children can join in and play party musical statues and ‘freezing’, and sing a number rap.

This is from the series: Counting with Rodd Counting with Rodd 2

Teacher Notes

Students can create their own pet's birthday cake, out of plasticine for example, using 2 colours of birthday candles and holders, to show that ‘8 plus 2 makes 10’.

They can organise a nail bar, and use small white peel-off labels as fingernails.

With felt-tipped pens, they can decorate 8 in one colour/style, for 8 fingers, and 2 more, in a different colour or style, as thumbnails.

Students can take off shoes and socks and waggle 8 toes, and then 2 big toes, to show that ‘8 plus 2 makes 10’.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching Maths at KS1 in England, Foundation Phase in Wales and Early and 1st Level in Scotland. Also Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland.

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