Being able to decompose, double and halve numbers quickly is a powerful strategy that must be learnt to aid rapid mental maths calculation. These vital skills also underpin addition and subtraction and multiplication and division.
Ladybirds provide a multisensory means to enable investigation of numbers (in this case to 10) in a context that is highly visual and easy to understand.
4 Ladybird boards, double-sided spots and number cards, plus included games and fun activities allow pupils to investigate how numbers can be made from different amounts and split in different ways, importantly underpinning doubling and number bond knowledge. Place varying amounts of different coloured spots on to each side of the Ladybird.