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Today we are completing our doubles symmetry masterpieces!


Yesterday you made your own doubles pictures using the symmetry technique we have used before in home learning. Today we are going to annotate our paintings and write our doubles number sentences to go with it!


Before you start it is always worth recapping what a double is (it has the same on both sides 1+1, 2+2). You can even watch the doubles rap again if the mood takes you!


Then with your pictures you can model the first one, talking it through together how to write it as a number sentence. 


Once modelled ask your child to record their doubles as number sentences under each picture that you have made. This is a perfect opportunity to pick up on any number formations that are proving tricky.

Top tip! Draw a line for your child to write their number sentence on. The structure helps many children and also has added benefits for when they come to record in future at school. 


Below are also a number of activity sheets if you would like to do some further practising and recording with your child. This is not an expectation, but just a helping hand if you would like something like this to do at home. 

Need a stepping stone?

Work together on this activity. Make sure you get lots of talk going. If they are finding the recording tricky support them through the use of yellow pen so that they can underwrite. Use a number line or write down the numbers 0-10 first on some paper so that your child has a template model number to copy or use as a reference.  You can always write the + and = symbol for them first and they have to record the numbers only. 


Need a further challenge?

Before moving on to doubles to 10 (working with teen number totals), how secure is your child with doubles? Are they able to recall them mentally without having to count on their fingers? If not then we suggest that you stay working with these doubles and practise mental recall. This will particularly help when we return to school and begin Big Maths weekly activities. Use the song to help you, display the different number bonds around the house, do quickfire doubles questions and if your child is competitive use a stopwatch! Then when they are secure with this move forward to larger doubles as given below in the activity sheets. Again, you do not have to do all of these, just choose what best suits your child.