Maths Year 1 Spring Multiplication

Each unit has everything you need to teach a set of related skills and concepts.

Even and odd numbers and doubles (suggested as 3 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Show children how to hold up their thumbs. Double 1 is 2. Then they hold up thumbs and 1 finger. Double 2 is 4. Continue like this to double 5 is 10. Explain that a double is adding a number to itself.
Group Activities
Use the ‘Sock doubles’ in-depth problem-solving investigation below as today’s group activity.
Or, use these activities:
-- Find the doubles dominoes and record the double fact.
-- Play doubles bingo.

Day 2 Teaching
Say that Dad is preparing lunches for his twins. Everything must be halved. Find half of 6 tomatoes. It’s 3. Can we find half of 7 tomatoes? No, not without cutting one in half! Find other numbers up to 10 which can be halved.
Group Activities
-- Investigate which numbers of cubes are odd and even numbers.

Day 3 Teaching
Show a large 20-beaded line. Label 2, then 4, then 6. Show how we can hop along the line saying 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. These are the even numbers. Then repeat, but this time hopping along the line saying the odd numbers. These numbers cannot be shared.
Group Activities
-- Game of finding odd and even numbers on a number track.
-- Match up the socks to find the even numbers.

You Will Need

  • Flipchart, sets of dominoes and dice
  • Tomatoes or pictures of tomatoes on IWB
  • Cubes (multilink or unifix)
  • ‘Which numbers can be divided in two?’ sheet (see resources)
  • 1-10 (or 20) track (see resources)
  • Additional activity sheets (see resources)
  • 1-20 cards on washing line and pens (red and blue)
  • Pegs

Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Day 1
Count in 2s (pre-requisite skills)

Suggested for Day 2
Count to at least 20 (simmering skills)

Suggested for Day 3
Count to 100 (simmering skills)


Day 1
Double numbers 1 to 10.

Day 2
Work out odd and even numbers 2 to 15.

Day 3
Recognise and order odd and even numbers 2 to 17.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Draw arrows to match numbers on the left to their double on the right.
  • Write the missing numbers:
    2, 4, 6, ☐, ☐, ☐
    7, 9, 11, ☐, ☐, ☐
    26, 24, 22, ☐, ☐, ☐
    ☐, 19, ☐, 15, 13, ☐

In-depth investigation: Sock Doubles
Children double numbers 1 to 5 as part of a game, and find which answers from 1 to 10 are possible.