Maths KS1: 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’.

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

Teacher Notes

Students could use straws and paper to create pretend sails for simple plastic boats and turn them into pirate ships.

Students could sail a fleet of eight ships, with two blowing off course.

Students could create a pirate shop and sell, for example, telescopes, eye patches, pirate hats, Jolly Roger flags, parrots and so on. There could be a sale, in which everything costs 2 gold coins.

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

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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