Category Archives: Primary One

Addition Technique

We have been working on adding a lot recently. To teach this we first start off with very visual games and techniques. In the first video you can see that we are using a whiteboard to help us understand what a sum is and help us count one to one. Adding fun things like teddy bears or sweeties helps children engage with their learning. Scaling it up works well too – we use hula hoops that children can throw bean bags in, again making the learning fun and engaging.

The next step is to teach the children how to hold a number in their head and count on. We usually start off by making our two piles of items which we want to add together and then hiding one of the piles which requires children to remember what was there. You can simple hide them from view or it is also fun to have a toy that has eaten them!

Once children have mastered this and understood that the sum is like having two piles of items we then move onto completely mental strategies – holding the bigger number in your head and counting on from there. We practise a routine of putting the biggest number in your head and making the smaller number on your fingers to help count on.

If you have any question regarding how you can help at home please do ask your child’s teacher.

P1 Team


Trinity Turns 50!

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Our building is 50 years old!
To celebrate its birthday, classes have been looking back over the past 50 years and are delighted to invite you to view our exhibition of our learning during the week beginning Mon 4th June.
The exhibition will be open at the following times :
Mon 4th June : 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Tues 5th June : during the school day
Wed 6th June : during the school day and from 6.00pm – 7.30pm : School Open Evening
If you are coming along during the school day children are welcome to come out of class to join you.
Refreshments (a donation of £1 towards the cost is appreciated) will be available at the Open Evening.
We hope to see many families and friends at some point during the week.
On Friday June 8th we will be having a school birthday party – school uniform is not expected!