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The curriculum for Mathematics in Year 1

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting, and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words, and the four operations, including with practical resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools).

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare, and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. They will use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time, and money.

We’ve outlined England’s curriculum for Mathematics in Year 1 below. Follow the links for help and activities:

Number & place value in Year 1

Children will learn to:

  • count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens
  • given a number, identify one more and one less
  • identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
  • read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.

More information and fun activities

You’ll find a more detailed guide to number and place value, advice on how to help your child at home, and free activities on our Number & place value in Year 1 page.

Addition & subtraction in Year 1

Children will learn to: 

  • read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs
  • represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as  7 = ? – 9.

More information and fun activities

You’ll find a more detailed guide to addition and subtraction, advice on how to help your child at home, and free activities on our Addition & subtraction in Year 1 page.

Multiplication & division in Year 1

Children will learn to: 

  • solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.

More information and fun activities

You’ll find a more detailed guide to multiplication and division, advice on how to help your child at home, and free activities on our Multiplication & division in Year 1 page.

Fractions in Year 1

Children will learn to:

  • recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
  • recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.

More information and fun activities

You’ll find a more detailed guide to fractions, advice on how to help your child at home, and free activities on our Fractions in Year 1 page.

Geometry (properties of shapes) in Year 1

Children will learn to:

  • recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes.

More information and fun activities

You’ll find a more detailed guide to geometry, advice on how to help your child at home, and free activities on our Geometry in Year 1 page.

Geometry (position and direction) in Year 1

Children will learn to:

  • describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.

More information and fun activities

You’ll find a more detailed guide to geometry, advice on how to help your child at home, and free activities on our Geometry in Year 1 page.

Measurement in Year 1

Children will learn to:

  • compare, describe and solve practical problems for:
  • lengths and heights (for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half)
  • mass/weight (for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than)
  • capacity and volume (for example, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter)
  • time (for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later)
  • measure and begin to record the following:
  • lengths and heights
  • mass/weight
  • capacity and volume
  • time (hours, minutes, seconds)
  • recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes
  • sequence events in chronological order using language (for example, before, after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon, evening)
  • recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years
  • tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.

More information and fun activities

You’ll find a more detailed guide to measurement, advice on how to help your child at home, and free activities on our Measurement in Year 1 page.

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