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KS1 Maths Key Facts

With the introduction of the New Curriculum we are introducing a programme of Key Facts within Maths. These facts are vital to the children’s mathematical development and should be learnt “for life”. This means learning needs to be secure and thorough.

Every half term (in some cases every 3 to 4 weeks) your child will be given a set of Key Facts to learn at home. These will also be taught in school. They will then be tested on the facts randomly throughout that particular half term to ensure they are not learning for the test but “for life”.

Please do not practise all the given facts at once, your child will probably learn them only for a short while if they do. We are looking at long-lasting learning for our children. This will be most effective if the children develop an awareness of the patterns and use them to help with learning:

For example:                                                                                                                             If 1 + 5 = 6 then 5 + 1 = 6, and if 1 + 5 = 6, then 2 + 4 = 6: one number increases by 1 and the other number decreases by 1.

Top Tips                                                                                                                                The secret to success is practising little and often.

Strategies that may help:

  • Have a “fact of the day”
  • Encourage your child to learn three or four facts at a time and to recognise the patterns in the facts.
  • Practise Key Facts while walking to school or during a car journey.
  • Use every day practical situations – Your child has one potato on their plate and you give them three more. Can they use their learned facts to know how many they will have now?  You give them 2p, how many more pennies do they need to have 5p altogether?
  • Make a poster – your child could make a poster showing the different ways of making a particular number with some of their toys or coloured counters / sweets / buttons.
  • Practise counting in the car – maybe along to favourite music. Count with your child.
  • Adults or a puppet or toy making mistakes can really support learning!
  • Play ping pong - parent says ping, child replies pong then parent says a number and the child then does the operation i.e. doubles; multiplies by…, find the pair to equal 20 etc.
  • Make some cards with pairs of number bonds / fraction decimal equivalents etc. Use these to play pairs memory game or snap. Make dominoes with number bond pairs or fraction / decimal equivalents.
  • Play games online – You can play number bond pairs online at and then see how many questions you can answer in just one minute.
  • BBC bite size also has good activities to enable children to consolidate their skills and knowledge.