St John's C of E Primary School

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Minion Maths Challenge

Monday 13th July  - recognising and adding numbers


Minion and Miss Hobbs went on a walk today. On the walk, Minion noticed all the number plates had different numbers on them. He decided to start adding the numbers on the number plates. 


He started to add the numbers using his fingers and then wanted to write a number sentence. This is what he did:


Can you have a go at adding up some of the numbers on the number plates. Make sure you are with an adult when you are near cars. Safety comes first! See how many numbers you can add together. 


Tuesday 14th July - Identifying and describing patterns. 


Minion is having a spring clean today. As he started cleaning the house he noticed a lot of repeating patterns around the house. A repeating pattern is a pattern that stays the same throughout. So you could have a pattern that is red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow. Minion decided to look around the house for more repeating patterns. Can you describe the patterns he found? Minion then had a go at making his own patterns: 


Can you go on a hunt to find patterns around the house? Describe the patterns to your adults or siblings. Have a go at drawing the pattern.

Challenge: can you make your own pattern?


Wednesday 15th July - ordering items by weight

Minion was getting a bit hungry so he went into his food cupboard. When he picked up some food items some were really heavy and some were really light. He decided to sort the items into heavy and light.


Minion then decided to sort the food from the heaviest to lightest.


Can you order 2 food items into heaviest and lightest?

Can you find some different items in your cupboard and sort them into heaviest to lightest? 

Thursday 16th July - Positional language 


Minion loves his glittery toy, so does Miss Hobbs. Minion decided to play a game with Miss Hobbs. Minion explained the rules to Miss Hobbs. Miss Hobbs has to shut her eyes and Minion is going to hide the toy. Minion needs to describe where the toy is hidden. Minion uses words like behind, on top, underneath, in between to help Miss Hobbs find the toy.

Minion said “the toy is underneath the chair”. Miss Hobbs found it! Look at some of the places Minion hid his toy. Can you describe where he put them?


Have a go at hiding your favourite toy. Can your describe where your toy is to an adult? 


Friday 17th July - Number problem Storytime

Minion is celebrating the last day of school. He invited 6 people (including minion). Later 3 more children came to his house. How many people altogether? Minion wanted to see how many people so had a go at adding everyone to find the total. Is he right? How do you know?


Have a go at this question:

Minion was having a barbecue for his friends. Minion cooked 6 veggie burgers and 6 plates of chips. How many plates did he cook altogether?

Is it an addition or subtraction problem? Write down the information you need to remember. Can you write the number sentence?



Monday 6th July: Addition Building Challenge

Minion has picked up a playing card. He got the 4 of hearts. He carefully counted out 4 lego bricks. He then rolls the dice, it lands on 5. He adds 5 more lego bricks. He then writes the number sentence 4+5= 9. Then takes on the challenge to build something using 9 lego bricks.

Can you take on the challenge? Choose a number card, roll the dice and build!


Tuesday 7th July: First to 30/50/100

Minion and Mrs Harborne have been having a race. Not a running race, a race to 30! They took it in turns to choose a playing card from the pack. They had to add the numbers together. The first person to get to 30, wins! BUT, if you pick a Jack, Queen, King or Ace card you have to take away 5! Write the number sentences to help you keep track. Who will win the race?

If 30 is too easy, race to 50 or even 100!


Wednesday 8th July: Number hunt

Minion has been on a walk today. Before he left, he wrote down all the numbers from 0 to 20. He took his list and a pen with him. He looked for numbers everywhere, on houses, on road signs and on bus stops. When he found a number, he ticked it off his list.

Can you find all the numbers? Go on a number hunt walk.


Thursday 9th July: Sharing Petals

Minion found a flower. It had lots of petals on it. He picked the petals off and counted them carefully. He then decided the share the petals with bumblebees. Bees love flowers. He gave one petal to each bumblebee at a time until he didn’t have any left.

Can you share? You could share petals like Minion, or toys, or food. You could peel an orange and share the segments between you and your siblings. How many would you get each? If your siblings are busy, you could draw characters or friends to share with. Remember, sharing is fair. Make sure everyone has the same amount.


Friday 10th July: Leaf Sorting

Minion went for a walk in the park. He found lots of different leaves. He brought them home and sorted them into different groups. First, he sorted them into two groups: small leaves and big leaves. Then he put them in order. He could also sort them by colour and shape.

Can you go for walk or into the garden and find some leaves? Can you sort them into groups? How will you sort them? Alternatively, you could sort different toys for their shape, size, length or colour.

Monday 29th June 2020: Guess My Number

Minion has a number stuck on his head! Mrs Harborne said, he can only take it off if he can guess what number it is. Mrs Harborne gave Minion lots of clues. She said:

‘It is a teen number. It is bigger than 14. It is between 15 and 19. It is double 8. What is it?’

Can you guess what number is stuck on Minion’s head? Can you have a go? Write a number on a post-it note or a piece of paper and stick it on your forehead. Ask an adult or an older sibling to give you clues about the number. Can you guess it correctly?



Tuesday 30th June 2020: Doubles Bingo

Minion loves playing bingo. So today he is playing doubles bingo. He has written out lots of numbers that he knows you can double (do you notice anything about the numbers? They are all even). Mrs Harborne says ‘double 2’ and if Minion has 4 he can cross it out (because double 2 is 4). Then Mrs Harborne says ‘double 4’. What number does Minion need to cross out next?

Can you have a go at playing double bingo? Play with an adult or an older brother or sister or cousin.



Wednesday 1st July 2020: Size and Weight Scavenger Hunt

Mrs Harborne has set Minion a new challenge today. He has to go on a scavenger hunt! He needs to find objects of a particular length or weight. Mrs Harborne asked Minion to go and find something approximately (as close as possible) 30cm - that’s as long as a ruler! Minion only had 20 seconds to try and find it! He found a pen, but it was too short. Never mind – good try Minion!

Then Mrs Harborne sent Minion on another scavenger hunt. This time, he had to find something that was as heavier than a banana. He found a shoe! He was right! The shoe was heavier than the banana.

Can you go on a scavenger hunt? Ask an adult or older sibling to set you a challenge…

Ready, steady, go!



Thursday 2nd July 2020: Guess the Shape

Minion had so much fun playing ‘guess my number’ he had an idea! He could guess the shape too. Mrs Harborne drew a shape and stuck it on Minion’s head. Then he asked questions to try and work out what shape it is.
He asked:

Is it a 2D or 3D shape?

How many sides does it have?

How many corners?

Are all the sides equal?


Can you answer the questions to help Minion guess the shape?

Can you have a go at playing ‘guess the shape’?



Friday 3rd July 2020: 2s/5s/10s Hopscotch

Minion has been having fun playing outside. He has been practising his number patterns. He drew the 2s pattern on the floor with chalk. And says the numbers as he jumps on them. Then he did the 5s pattern and the 10s pattern too!

Can you have a go?

Monday 22nd June: Measuring with Feet

Minion has been drawing around his feet. He cut them out and used them to measure things.

The sofa was 32 Minion feet long! To use them to measure, each footprint needed to be heel to toe.

Then he noticed that Mrs Harborne’s feet are much bigger than his! So he drew around Mrs Harborne’s feet and cut them out. He used Mrs Harborne’s foot prints to measure the sofa, can you guess how many feet he needed? More or less than his Minion foot prints?

Can you draw around your feet and use them to measure things? Maybe you could ask an adult to draw around theirs? What’s the difference? Do you need more or less?


Tuesday 23rd June: Number Card Challenge

Minion loves watching countdown. He likes the maths part the most. So he decided to make a game that’s similar.

He turns over 5 playing cards and Mrs Harborne has to write a number on a piece of paper.

The challenge: use the playing cards to make the number written by Mrs Harborne. 

Can you have a go at playing the card game? Turn over 5 playing cards. Ask an adult to write a number that you can make using the cards. Will you add or take away to make the total?


Wednesday 24th June: Dice Maths challenge

one more           one less           addition          subtraction

Minion has been rolling his dice and then challenging himself with his number knowledge. He rolls it once and has to say the number that is one more. He rolls it again and has to say the number that is one less. Then he rolls the number two times and adds the numbers together. And finally, he rolls the dice twice and subtracts the numbers.

Can you have a go?

1.Roll your dice, say that number that is one more

2.Roll your dice again, say the number that is one less

3.Roll your dice twice, add the numbers together

4.Roll your dice twice, take the small number away from the big number


Thursday 25th June: Blind-Fold Directions

Uh-oh! Minion can’t see! He is wearing a blind-fold. Mrs Harborne has been giving Minion directions to follow. Minion has to listen carefully and follow the directions. Mrs Harborne said ‘Walk forward 5 steps. Then turn right. Put your hands behind your back. Walk forward 2 steps. Turn left. Walk forward 3 steps. Put our hands on top of your head. Walk backwards 2 steps.’ Minion had to listen really carefully, know his left and right, count his steps carefully and understand the positional language!!

Can you have a go? You can wear the blind-fold or give the directions.

You will need a clear space and make sure it is safe before you start.

Can you mark a start and finish space and get them there using your directions?


Friday 26th June: Number Problem Story Time

Minion loves telling stories. He has loved thinking of his own helicopter stories. Then he realised, you can tell stories in maths too! And, you need to use your maths skills to solve the problem in the story. Minion made up his own number stories. Can you solve them?

Once upon a time, a minion called Kevin went to the shops. He bought 5 bananas and 3 lemons. Minions love yellow fruit. How many pieces of fruit did Kevin buy?

Is it an addition or subtraction problem? Write down the information you need to remember. Can you write the number sentence?

Once upon a time, there were 10 yellow minions working in their lab. One day, a bad guy broke into the lab. He turned 4 yellow minions into purple minions! How many yellow minions are left?

Is it an addition or subtraction problem? Write down the information you need to remember. Can you write the number sentence?



Monday 15th June: Ordering Numbers

Minion has been playing with his deck of cards. He has been counting out 5 playing cards. He has then put them in order from the smallest number to the biggest.

(You will need to remove the Jack, Queen, King and Ace cards).

Can you have a go at ordering the numbers? Which one is the smallest number? Which numbers are missing?





Tuesday 16th June: Snack Shop

Minion has been eating lots of snacks during lock down.

So Mrs Harborne decided, Minion needed to start paying for his snacks. Minion chose 4 of his favourite snacks. Mrs Harborne put a price tag on each of them. If Minion wants a snack today, he needs to pay for it. Which coin will he need to eat the strawberries? How much does he need if he wants to eat the banana? What about the Freddo? There isn’t a 9p coin! How will he make 9p??


Can you set up a snack shop at home? Choose your favourite snacks. Agree a price with an adult for each. Then use the correct coins to pay for the snack you would like throughout the day.




Wednesday 17th June: More or Less

Minion loves playing with his playing cards. He was watching a game on the TV called ‘play your cards right’ and it gave him an idea! He could practise his more or less skills by playing the same game. He counts out 5 cards faced down. He turns over one card and guesses whether the next one will be ‘more’ (a bigger number) or ‘less’ (a smaller number). If he gets it right, he carries on playing and guesses whether the next card will be more or less. But if he gets it wrong, his turn is over and Mrs Harborne has a turn. We have been playing for hours! It’s lots of fun!

Can you have a go at playing ‘more or less’?




Thursday 18th June: Homemade Board Game

Minion has made his own board game. He is having lots of fun playing it. Here are his instructions so that you can make your own board game too.

1. Write out your numbers in squares 1 to 50 starting from the bottom (you may need some help).

2. Colour in the even numbers.

3. Draw snakes and ladders diagonally.

4. Use your dice and Lego pieces to play the game.

5. Roll the dice and move your lego piece that many spaces - if you land on the bottom of a ladder, climb up to the top to a bigger number, if you land on a snake, slither down to the smaller number. 

Have fun!




Friday 19th June: Weighing Ingredients

Minion loves bananas. And he has seen and heard that lots of people have been baking banana cakes. He thought that sounded delicious and has been pestering Mrs Harborne to help him bake one for weeks. Minion has weighed out the ingredients carefully looking closely at the numbers on the scale. Then, he set a timer and put the banana cake in the oven and waited patiently.

Can you help an adult cook or bake? Weigh out the ingredients carefully. Which ingredient was the heaviest? Which ingredient was the lightest? Can you set a timer or watch the clock closely to check when it is done? How long does it need to cook/bake for?

Monday 8th June: Sharing Peas

Minion has been learning to share. When we share, we need to make sure it is fair and equal. Minion has been carefully sharing the peas to ensure each plate has the same amount. He had 6 peas to share between Minion and Mrs Harborne. He put one pea on each plate at a time until he didn’t have any left to share. Mrs Harborne and Minion each have 3 peas each.

But then Ronnie decided he wanted some peas too! So Minion got another plate and started all over again. He put one pea on each plate at a time until he didn’t have any left. Ronnie, Mrs Harborne and Minion now have 2 peas each. So that’s fair!

Can you find something to share between two or three people? How many do you have to start with? How many does each person get? Is it the same? Make sure it’s fair and equal!


Tuesday 9th June: Addition Playing Cards

Minion was playing cards with Mrs Harborne. They took it in turns to take two cards each. They had to add the two numbers on the cards together. They had to write the number sentence and work out the total of the two cards. Whoever had a higher total, wins!

Can you find some playing cards and have a go at playing the addition card game? (if you don’t have playing cards, just simply make some number cards and turn them over) Can you write the number sentences you have solved?

Challenge: This time, choose 3 playing cards! Can you add three playing cards together?!


Wednesday 10th June: Number Sentence Challenge

Minion has been doing so well with his maths. So today, Mrs Harborne has set Minion a challenge. They have made teen number cards 10-20. Minion picks a number. The challenge is, how many different ways can you make that number? You can use addition number sentences AND subtraction number sentences.

Can you see how many different ways you can make teen numbers?


Thursday 11th June: 2D Shape Picture

Minion has drawn and cut out 2d shapes. He used his 2d shapes to make a picture. Can you name and describe the 2d shapes he has made? Can you have a go at making your own 2d shape picture? Can you name and describe the shapes in your picture?

Challenge: Can you use boxes or toys to make a robot or a person using 3d shapes?


Friday 12th June: Seeing Double

Minion has been seeing double! He was playing with his toys in front of the mirror. Then he noticed, he could see two lots! So he thought he would use the mirror to practise his doubling skills. Can you have a go at using a mirror to practise your doubling? Can you write the number sentences?

Monday 1st June: Lego Subtraction Tower

Minion has been building towers with his Lego over the half term. It gave him an idea for a game!

‘Lego subtraction!’

Build a tower of 10 (or 20 if 10 is too easy), roll the dice and take away that many Lego bricks. How many have you got now? Can you write the number sentence? 

Play with your Mum/Dad or brother/sister. Race to see who can dismantle their tower first! 




Tuesday 2nd June: Double Dominos

Minion has been learning his doubles. When you double a number you add the same number together. He made his own double dominos. He used paint to finger print up to 10 spots on a strip of paper. To double the number, Minion folds the paper to print the spots on the other side. Now he has double the amount of spots! So now he knows, double 2 is 4, double 3 is 6 and double 4 is 8.

Can you make your own double dominos? 




Wednesday 3rd June: Halving using part-part-whole method

Minion has been halving amounts. He has counted out 6 Lego pieces into the top circle (the whole number). He then puts one Lego piece at a time in each smaller circle (the part) until he hasn’t got any left. Each circle has 3 Lego pieces. Now Minion knows that half of 6 is 3.

Can you have a go at halving numbers using the part-part-whole method? 


Challenge: What do you notice about odd numbers? Can you halve them?




Thursday 4th June: Lego repeating patterns

Minion has been making repeating patterns with his Lego. Can you finished the pattern? Can you describe the pattern. For example, white, blue, white, blue. Can you make your own repeating pattern? 




Friday 5th June: 10s pattern

Minion has been exploring the 10s pattern. He made number cards with the 10 numbers on.

He has put them in order.

What do you notice about the 10s pattern?

Have fun watching and singing along to this fun counting by 10s song:

Monday 18th May 2020: Sequencing your day (time language)

Minion has been ordering his day using time language like: today, this morning, last night, yesterday, later, this evening, tomorrow, tonight.

Yesterday was Sunday. Minion had a lazy day and stayed in his pyjamas all day. Today is Monday. Minion woke up early and did some exercise. Then he had his breakfast and did his homework for the rest of the morning. In the afternoon, he had some lunch and played in the garden. In the evening, he had his dinner and watched TV. He went to bed at night time. I wonder what Minion will do tomorrow?

Can you think about your day, maybe you could take photos/draw pictures and write about it? Can you use time language?

Challenge: write about your week - paying close attention to the days of the week.


Tuesday 19th May 2020: Dice and Ice Tray: Number sentences

Minion has made a dice by simply sticking some paper around a stock cube. He has been rolling it and using an ice tray to work out the number sentences. He rolled the dice, counts out the amount to fill the tray and repeats. Can you find the total?

Can you have a go at some ‘dice and ice’ number sentences? You could roll the dice and take away an amount too. Have fun!


Wednesday 20th May 2020: Estimating Time

Minion has been challenging himself to see how many star jumps he can do in a minute. He estimates how many he thinks he can do before starting. He estimates that he can do 50. But when he tries, he can only mange 22! Remember to only count one number for one star jump.

Can you beat Minion? See how many star jumps you can do in one minute. Challenge your Mum, Dad, brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to estimate how many they can do first!


Thursday 21st May 2020: Window Counting

Minion has enjoyed looking out of the window and watching the world go by. He has seen 3 cars, 8 birds and 3 dogs walk past. He has written them down. He can use a number sentence to work out how many cars and dogs he saw altogether. He saw 6 cars and dogs. 3+3=6

Look out of your window. What can you see? How many birds do you see? Do you see any cars? How many? How many trees can you see? Write it down. How many trees and birds did you see? Can you write the number sentence.


Friday 22nd May 2020: 5s pattern

Minion has been practising his 5s pattern. He has drawn around Mrs Harborne’s hands (as he only has 3 finger, not 5) and used them to count. Can you count in 5s? Draw and cut around your hands to help you. What do you notice about the 5s pattern? All the numbers end in 0 or 5.

Monday 11th May 2020: Addition Machine

Minion has made an addition machine. He used a box and two toilet rolls. Now he can add two numbers together, finding the total, using his new machine.

He puts 7 counters (he just used scrunched up pieces of paper. You could use marbles, small balls or anything you have at home) into one tube and 4 counters into the other. Then he could count all the counters in the basket at the bottom to find the total. He then wrote the number sentence.

Can you make an addition machine? Can you write the number sentences you solve? Remember to count carefully.


Tuesday 12th May 2020: Shape Hunt

Minion has been using the empty toilet rolls that we used on Friday for bowling as binoculars. He has been looking for different shapes around his home. He has found some 2D and 3D shapes. He has been giving clues to Mrs Harborne and she has to guess which shape it is. Can you work out what shape he is describing?

‘It is a flat 2D shape. It has 4 equal sides and 4 corners. What shape can I see?’

‘This shape has 1 curved face and no corners. It is a solid 3D shape. What shape can I see?’

Can you go on a shape hunt?

Take it in turns to look for and describe shapes, as well as listening to clues and work out what shape your Mum/Dad/brother/sister can see.


Wednesday 13th May 2020: Number bonds snap

Minion has made some playing cards. He has written all the numbers that make 10. He has been taking it in turns with Mrs Harborne to turn over two cards. And shouts ‘SNAP!’ when he gets two numbers which make 10.

To play: write numbers 1-10 twice on pieces of paper. Turn them all over. Have fun playing!

Can you do other number bonds?


Thursday 14th May 2020: Estimation

Minion has been estimating how many objects are in the jar. Some of his estimations were really close! But it doesn’t matter that they weren’t the correct. He made sensible guesses.

Can you find jars/boxes/containers and fill them with different objects? Remember – estimating means a sensible guess. Don’t count until you have estimated. Then you can count to check if you were close!


Friday 15th May 2020: 2s pattern

Minion has been practising his 2s pattern. He has found socks and paired them together so he can count in twos. Can you count in 2s? What do you notice about the 2s pattern?


Monday 4th May 2020: Missing Number

Minion has made some number cards. He has put the numbers in order. But cheeky Mrs Harborne keeps taking a number and hiding it until Minion can tell her what the number is! Can you work out which number Mrs Harborne has taken? Can you make a number line? Close your eyes and ask an adult to hide a number. Can you work out which number is missing? How do you know?



Tuesday 5th May 2020: Length

Minion has a banana (albeit a little brown). Bananas are his favourite. Minion wants to use the banana to measure objects in his house. He wants to find things around the house that are longer and shorter than the banana. He has found a spoon and a yellow flower. Can you estimate (have a sensible guess) which object you think is going to be longer than the banana? Can you estimate which is shorter?

Let’s find out. Were you right?

Can you choose an object in your house and estimate which objects will be longer/shorter? Compare them to find out.


Wednesday 6th May 2020: Distance

Minion has made a paper aeroplane. He has been throwing it to see how far it goes. Sometimes he throws it and it lands far away from him. But sometimes it lands near to him. Can you make a paper aeroplane and see how far yours goes? Maybe you could ask an adult or a brother or sister to play too. See whose aeroplane goes the furthest?



Thursday 7th May 2020: Number bonds

Minion has found a hanger and some pegs at home. He has been sliding them across to find different ways of making 10. He has written the number sentence. Can you have a go? How many pegs have you got on your hanger? The total/answer will always be the same because the amount doesn’t change. How many different ways can you make 10? Can you write the number sentence?

What other numbers can you make? How many different ways can you make that number? Don’t forget to write the number sentences.


Friday 8th May 2020: Subtraction

Minion has been playing 10 pin bowling. He has used 10 empty toilet rolls and a ball (if you don’t have enough toilet rolls, you could use empty bottles or plastic cups). He rolls the ball (you could use an orange or anything that is a sphere shape that will roll) and tries to knock down as many as he can. Then he counts how many he has knocked down and writes the number sentence.

Can you have a go at playing 10 pin bowling?

Monday 27th April 2020: One more bingo

Minion has been learning how to play one more bingo. He has written down 6 numbers. When Mrs Harborne calls out a number, Minion has to cross off the number that is ONE MORE than the number Mrs Harborne said. For example, when Mrs Harborne called out ‘7’, Minion had to cross out number 8.

Why don’t you have a go at playing one more bingo? You could play with your older brothers or sisters or an adult. Write down your 6 numbers (could be 0-10 or 0-20). The winner is the person who crosses out all their numbers first.

Have fun!


Tuesday 28th April 2020: Weight

Minion has been helping to put the shopping away. Some things were just too heavy for him to lift! But some things were nice and light. Which one do you think is the lightest? Why? Can you find things in your house that are heavy and light? Can you compare two objects? Which one is lighter/heavier? Can you put them in order? Which one is the heaviest?



Wednesday 29th April 2020: One less throwing game

Minion has been playing another fun game! This time he is practising one less. He has written out his numbers 1-10 and put them in order on the floor to make a number line. Mrs Harborne has been calling out ‘One less than..’ and Minion has had to throw the ball and get it to land on the correct number. Can you have a go at playing the one less game? If you don’t have a ball, you could use an orange or a sandwich bag of rice (like a bean bag). What do you notice about the numbers when you are finding one less? Are they getting bigger or smaller? If you have chalk and access to a garden, you could draw the numbers on the ground and jump on them instead. Equally, you could play bingo but cross off numbers that are one less instead.


Thursday 30th April 2020: Money

Minion has found some spare change. But he doesn’t know how much each coin is worth. Can you help him? Can you name each coin? Which one is 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p? Some coins will have the number on to help you. Notice the size and colour of each coin. Can you name the coin without looking at the number? Can you sort any coins into piles at home? You could do coin rubbing – you just need to put a coin under the paper and rub the crayon, on its side, over the top.

Challenge: Can you find the total amount by adding two coins together? For example, 5p + 2p = ?. If you needed 8p to buy some sweets, how could you make 8p? Remember there is no 8p coin. If you gave the shop keeper 10p, how much change would they give you?


Friday 1st May 2020: Capacity

Minion has been thinking about capacity. He has been using water to fill glasses so that they are full, half full and pouring all the water out again so that they are empty. If you can, go outside and have fun exploring capacity. Can you fill cups/containers so that they are nearly full and nearly empty?

If you can, please use containers that are plastic. Please take care if you are using cups made of glass. Please be accompanied by an adult.

Challenge: Which glass/cup/container do you think will hold the most water? To find out, use the same cup to fill each glass, counting the amount of cups you use each time.

Monday 20th April 2020: Doubling

Minion has tried to make banana pancakes this morning but he needs to double all of the ingredients in the recipe. Can you help him?

What else can you double? Remember, to double you need twice as many - the same number two times. 

Tuesday 21st April 2020: Positional Language

Minion has been playing hide and seek with Ronnie's toy box. Can you describe where Minion is in relation to the toy box. Remember to use under, on top, next to/beside, in front and behind

Can you follow an adult's instructions and place a toy under, on top, next to/beside, in front and behind an object?

Wednesday 22nd April 2020: Halving items/objects

Minion has been busy helping in the kitchen. With the help of Mrs Harborne to ensure he stays safe, he has cut a cucumber and an orange in half. He has also filled a glass of water up so that it is half full. Can you fold, bend or cut things in half? Can you fill a glass up so that it is half full? 

Challenge: You can halve numbers too! Can you halve 6? What about 10? Count out 8 objects, split them into two groups, how many does each group have? So half of 8 is...

Thursday 23rd April 2020: Writing Numbers 

Minion has been practising his number formation. He has worked hard to make sure his 9 is facing the right way. He has also remembered that when writing his teen numbers 'the teeny weeny one comes first'. Can you practise writing your numbers to 20? Try to make sure your numbers are facing the right way. And remember our trick for writing number 8 - S and then join it up. 

Friday 24th April 2020: 2D and 3D shapes in our environment 

Minion has been on a shape hunt. He has found 2D (flat shapes) and 3D (solid/fat shapes) around the home. Can you name the shapes he has found? Can you describe their properties? 

For example: Minion has found a plate. It is a circle.

It is a flat shape so it is a 2D shape. It has one curved side and no corners.

Minion found a circle and a square. As well as a cylinder, a sphere, a cuboid and even a pyramid. 

What shapes can you find in your home?

Monday 30th March: Addition 

Oh no! Minion only had 2 toilet rolls left. He went to the shop and bought 4 more toilet rolls. How many toilet rolls does minion now have altogether? Can you write it as a number sentence? How did you work it out? You could use: objects to count, your fingers or put the big number in your head and count on. 



Tuesday 31st March: Ordering by size 

At the weekend, Minion was playing in the garden. He found these leaves and put them in order of size. Can you find things in your house or garden and put them in order of size. Can you describe them? Which one is the biggest or smallest? Can you find long and short objects too? Which one is the longest? You could use sticks, toys, pieces of pasta - anything you can find! 



Wednesday 1st April: Subtraction


Minion loves bananas! He bought 7 bananas from the shop. He was feeling hungry, so he ate 3 bananas!! Greedy minion. How many bananas does minion have left? Can you write it in a number sentence? What will you use to help you?  I’d love to see how you work it out. 


Thursday 2nd April: Time

Minion wants to show you his new watch. Do you like it? He uses his watch to know when to brush his teeth, when to eat lunch and when it is bed time. He has also used his watch to find out how many star jumps he can do in a minute. He can do 50 star jumps in a minute. Do you think you can beat that? Ask an adult to time you, you have 1 minute, ready steady go! What else can you do in a minute? 

Friday 3rd April: Pattern

Minion loves making patterns. Whilst playing in the garden, he used stones and leaves to make a pattern. Ronnie came to help too. Can you describe the pattern minion has made? Can you make a pattern of your own? You could use different food to make your pattern, like rice and peas, or draw pictures to make a pattern. Can you use 3 different objects to make a pattern?

Look, I have made a pattern with emojis...smileyyesheart​​​​​​​smileyyesheartsmileyyesheart

Easter Minion Challenge: Sharing 

Minion has noticed yellow flowers growing in the park. They are called daffodils. He likes them because they are yellow and yellow is his favourite colour. He wants to give some to his friends. Minion picks 6 daffodils. He has 3 friends. How many daffodils will each friend get? Can you draw a picture to show how you have worked it out? What can you share out at home?