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# What Makes a Good Resource: Number bonds games

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Created on 19 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 03 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

## Resource description:

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One base board between two children, dice and piles of two different coloured counters, digit cards: numbers 0-10 and 0-20.

Why do some children find number pairs to 10 so difficult to remember?

## Teacher comment:

I find that learning and remembering number pairs to 10 and 20 is something that many children, particularly in Years 1 and 2, struggle to do. I therefore wanted to help them to develop their instant recall of these facts by using a game. I play lots of number games with my class as a way of reinforcing what they have learnt, they always enjoy them and I’ve noticed that they remember what I’ve taught them.

## What I did:

I gave each child a digit card. The majority of children had a number between 0 and 10. For the higher attainers, I gave them a number between 0 and 20. These cards were a different colour to the 0-10 cards. Each child then had to go and stand somewhere in the classroom. When I said ‘go’, they had to find their partner, i.e. the child who a number to add to theirs to make 10 (e.g. 7 had to find 3).

How could I do this differently? I have space and behaviour issues to consider!

The children who had the 0-20 cards had to find a partner to make 20. Once they had found their partner and sat with them on the carpet, I played some music for about 30 seconds. During this time they had to keep swapping their card with as many different children with the same colour as possible. Once the music stopped, they had to hold onto the card they had and go and find their new partner.

It was obvious that the children really enjoyed this game from their smiles and what they were saying! Because of this, I decided to develop another number bond game. For this, the children work in pairs.

This is what to do:
1. Each pair has a base board, some counters and a dice.
2. Each child takes a pile of counters the same colour but different to their partner.
3. Player 1 then throws the dice.
4. They then have to place their counter on the number bond that goes with the number on the dice e.g. if they throw 3, they must put their counter on 7.
5. Player 2 then has a go.
6. The game continues until one child has made a line of four (like connect four). The higher attainers can have a base board with ‘teen’ numbers and still use a 1-6 dice: they must make 20 so if they throw a 2 they put a counter on 18.

How could I extend this for another year group or higher attaining children?

## Reflection

I found both of these games to be very effective. It meant that the children could learn these facts in a fun way and they never tire of playing them. Once you have made the resources you can play again and again. I noticed that the children’s knowledge of number bonds was more secure and recall was quicker after playing these games regularly.

What else could I use this resource for?

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05 October 2016 21:34
This sounds great, thank you. Definitely going to try it out