KS1 – Maths – Grouping Sticks

KS1 – Maths – Grouping Sticks

Learning Objectives

To recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers

To add and subtract numbers using concrete objects


- Elastic bands

- Sticks


Children to sit in a circle to recite 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables

Ask children to collect as many sticks as they can (you can use similar objects you can find at home)


Ask children to group the sticks in groups of 2, 5 and 10 depending on the level of the group

Children to put elastic bands around their groups of sticks

Children to then place stick groups in front of them, and recite the appropriate times table using the sticks as visual aids

Children can also be given addition and subtraction problems, and then use the sticks to solve the problems.

Extension task

Ask children to estimate how many sticks they have collected

Ask children to explain how they would find the exact amount

Ask children to tell you one more and one less than the number they have collected.

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