Addition

Sum on blackboard

Mastering addition isn't as simple as learning 2+2. Throughout your child's primary school journey, they will be learning a range of skills involving addition, such as using a number line or number square for addition, column addition, money addition, repeated addition, complementary addition, addition of two-digit numbers and addition of three-digit numbers, mental addition and using partitioning to add numbers.

In this section of the site you'll find lots of worksheets, all divided by school year, to support your child whilst they master these core numeracy skills.

Articles

Teachers' tricks for addition
Teachers' tricks for addition
Help your child with their addition work, from the basics in Reception to calculations in KS1 and KS2, with some teachers' tricks to help the learning stick.
Repeated addition
What is repeated addition?
We explain what repeated addition means, how it is taught in school as a foundation of multiplication understanding and techniques that teachers use to help children grasp the concept.
Sum
What is a sum?
We explain what a sum is and how children are taught to understand the term when it appears in mental maths tests, word problems or investigations.

Worksheets

First addition problems worksheet
First addition problems
Can you use your addition skills to work out these calculations? Use the number line to help if you want.
Addition: numbers 0 to 5
Addition: numbers 0 to 5
Can you do these addition problems? Use your fingers or count the objects to help you!
Column addition challenge worksheet
Column addition challenge
Use this worksheet to practise adding four-digit numbers using the column method.

Games

Addition and subtraction game
Addition and subtraction game

Add and subtract your way across the Hexafield in this Mission 2110 game.

Operations puzzles
Operations puzzles

It's Operation Zook! Choose your favourite BAMZOOKi Zook and complete these operations puzzles.

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Girl with abacus

Addition fun

There are lots of games to help making mastering addition fun. Try these for starters:

Teach your child addition

Teach your child addition is an eBook and home-teaching kit which will help you understand exactly what addition skills your child is expected to have mastered in each year of the primary school curriculum.

Primary school teacher and parent Matt Revill has compiled information, tips and activities to ensure that you have the right information at your fingertips so you can quickly make sure your child has fully grasped and achieved each and every skill for their correct year group and using the same methods that they are taught (rather than confusing them with the one you were taught at school!).

You'll be able to print off highly targeted and child-friendly fun worksheets to help them master each of the essential skills as they progress through school – in fun, five-minute sessions.

Teach your child addition is a downloadable, printable eBook, available for £4.99.

Addition sign

The Parents' Guide to Addition

Find out how addition is taught in schools and the addition topics your child might ask about. This guide explains what you need to know about hops, partitioning numbers, column addition and long addition.

Maths Homework Helper

Maths Homework Helper

Maths Homework Helper eBook is an immensely useful resource for two reasons. Firstly, it collates the main topics your child will need to know. Secondly, it acts as a refresher course for you, so you can revisit each topic and understand just what your child is learning during class time. It covers the crucial topics of numbers, using numbers, measures, shape and space, and data handling, so you and your child will be able to learn, understand and use maths skills in everyday situations.

There are also helpful rules to remember, a jargon-busting guide to key maths language, plus tips and ideas to help your child continue their learning away from their text books. With Maths Homework Helper, you will never be stumped by your child's primary maths homework again!

Addition