Numbers and counting

Girl doing maths on a chalkboard

Recognising numbers, learning to count and becoming really confident with numbers are skills your child will continue to develop the whole way through primary school.

In this section of the site you'll find lots of worksheets to help with numbers and counting, including reading and writing numbers, using number lines, number bonds, number squares and number sequences, counting objects, odd and even numbers, rounding numbers to the nearest 10 or 100 and comparing and ordering numbers, positive and negative numbers and much, much more.

Articles

Illustrated numbers
5 number and counting skills primary-school children need
Numbers are all around us, almost from birth! Teacher Phoebe Doyle looks at counting, a fundamental aspect of mathematical understanding, to help your child grab the basics (without confusion!) from day one.
Place value
What is place value?
A good understanding of place value (the value of each digit in a number) is vital in primary-school maths. Our parents' guide explains how your child will be taught about units, tens, hundreds and thousands with number lines, arrow cards and more, as well as outlining how place value is used to help children visualise calculations.
Snake number line
What is a number line?
Spotted something about a number line in your child’s homework instructions, and not sure what it means? We review the basics of this amazing, adaptable educational tool and explain how it's used in KS1 and KS2 maths.

Worksheets

Counting to 10 worksheet
Counting to 10
Your child will need to count count candles and match them with the correct digit in this worksheet, designed to help them practise counting to 10.
Counting around the house worksheet
Counting around the house
Look at the items in the table. Can you find them in your home? How many can you find? Count them and fill in the table!
Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s worksheet
Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
Incomplete number sequences for your child to fill in, helping them practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Games

Number patterns game
Number patterns game

Use your number pattern know-how to crack the Mission 2110 codes.

Place value game
Place value game

Test your number skills with these BAMZOOKi challenges!

Negative numbers game
Negative numbers game

Use your knowledge of negative numbers to outsmart the Mission 2110 Roboidz.

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Year 1 maths booster

Year 1 maths booster pack

Maths revision – the fun way! Our Year 1 maths booster pack covers all the main maths topics your child will learn in the first year of KS1 to help them practise their skills. Use the colourful worksheets to boost your child's confidence with number bonds, telling the time, simple addition and subtraction and first story problems, or try some of the suggested extension activities to consolidate what they've learnt at school.

Parents' Guide to Year 2 Maths

The Parents' Guide to Year 2 Maths

Number bonds... counting in ‘hops’... using grids and number lines... this is the norm for our kids, but it means very little to us. That's because maths lessons today take on a rather different form to those from our own school days. Forget tedious hours of solving endless sums; The Parents' Guide to Year 2 Maths ebook, packed with great maths games and activities, will guide you through everything you need to know for maths in Year 2 and help your child towards KS1 SATs success.

Numbers and counting