Year 1 & 2

Kick Start the Autumn Term with EdPlace!

We know that beginning of the school year can be tough, so we’ve created our Kick Start Maths Package to give you and your child a head start on the autumn term. We’ll help you get familiar with where your child is at in Maths so that you can help them, more specifically, with what you can prepare for in the autumn term.

Our Kick Start Package includes:

  • tick A brief overview of what pupils will learn in Maths in year 1 and 2 with the autumn term’s focus areas and main topics.*
  • tick The EdPlace Maths Assessment that helps identify what level your child is at.
  • tick Tailored package of Maths tutorial worksheets and videos for your child. Assign and measure your child’s progress during the autumn term.
  • tick Home Extension Ideas - exclusive tips and ideas from our Maths teacher on how to bring Maths into everyday activities.
  • tick Badges and Rewards - exclusive Kick Start badges awarded to your child for completion on each level.

*Please note that whilst there is an overall scheme with the National Curriculum requirements for the individual years, different schools will go different ways so our overview may not exactly correlate with what you experience.

Year 1 allows children to start to formalise much of the mathematical thinking they’ve encountered in reception. They will build on their number skills - counting up or down from any number up to 100, counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and using the number line to identify what numbers are greater or smaller. Children also need to be able to recognise and interpret the four operators of +, -, x and ÷ alongside understanding the significance of =. They’ll be working with one-step mathematical statements involving all of these operations using objects and pictures to help them. They’ll also need to understand the concepts of one half and one quarter and will be measuring and comparing anything that they can find in terms of length, weight, capacity and time. Finally, children will continue to consider 2D and 3D shapes and how they look when they move or turn.

The concept of place value is a key to success in year 2 where children need to understand the value of each individual digit within a two digit number. This understanding should also help pupils to read and write numbers in words, allowing them to add two two-digit numbers together, initially using objects to support them and subsequently in their heads. The concepts of odd and even are increasingly significant and children will discover that adding and multiplying two numbers can be done in any order but for subtraction and division, the order is all important. They will develop their understanding of fractions, encountering and and should start to see that =. Children will continue measuring and comparing everything including time and money using the symbols < and >. They will start to analyse and manipulate 2D and 3D shapes, spotting symmetry and counting edges, corners and faces. Finally, children will need to interpret and draw tally charts or pictograms to represent data they’ve collected.


Find out your child’s Maths level with The EdPlace Online Assessment

Our Maths teacher has created 3 levels, depending on the scores:

  • 1. Bronze Mathematician (0-9 points)
  • 2. Silver Mathematician (10-35 points)
  • 3. Gold Mathematician (36-60 points)

You'll learn from the assessment which level your child is at. Follow our easy step-by-step guide:

  • 1. Click on the + sign to open the Maths Assessment
  • 2. Now your child can work through the questions carefully (in this test, they’ll find 30 main questions and some sub-questions).
  • 3. On the last screen you’ll see your child’s score. Use this score to understand where your child is currently performing.
  • 4. Scroll down to Assign & Track Progress section. Based on your child’s score, you’ll find the list of recommended tutorial worksheets.
  • 5. Assign the worksheets, track their progress in your account and see their results during the autumn term.


Assign & Track Progress


Home Extensions

Bring Maths into everyday activities with this fun home extension Maths activity.

Before you throw out your recycling, collect some bottles, tins and plastic containers of different sizes. Remove their labels and put them in order from smallest to largest. This may not be that obvious for children as they could be of different shapes.

Fill the smallest container with water and experiment to find out how many times you need to empty the smallest container to fill all of the others in turn. Note your findings.

Then, try the same again but start by filling the second smallest container and using that to fill the others.

  • tickAre you noticing any patterns?
  • tickCan you start to make any predictions?

Measure the capacity of the smallest container.

  • tickCan you use the results of your earlier experiment to estimate the capacity of all of the other containers?
  • tickNow measure them all and find out how accurate you were.

Badges & Rewards

When your child completes their worksheets on their level and their year group we’ll reward them with exclusive Kick Start badges to help boost their confidence. If you feel they’ve done well in the current level, go ahead and assign the next level up! Alternatively, if your child is struggling, consider assigning worksheets one level down.