The number bond challenge - make addition and subtraction number bonds to 10 easy!

Parents know that confidence in maths opens a world of opportunities to children. And one of the best ways to gain confidence in any mathematical skill is through practice, that's why we've developed the Number Bond Challenge!

The Number Bond Challenge is a five step practice activity for children aged 5 to 7. It will help your child understand and become fluent in the important Key Stage 1 maths skill "Addition and Subtraction number bonds (or number facts ) to 10".

We've made it fun to use and there's a certificate for each child who completes the challenge.

This video explains what number bonds are using the "whole and parts idea"

Most skills develop through practice - and maths is no exception to this. The number bond challenge makes this practice effective and fun.

It's beneficial for learners to be able to recall their addition and subtraction number bonds to ten fluently - this frees up working memory for problem solving and higher order analytic thinking. It also introduces the strategy of breaking numbers into parts in order to simplify operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The Number Bond Challenge is essentially a number bond question generator for class and individual practice.

There are 5 steps:

1. Choose your bond family - children may need to be prompted to come back here to choose another bond family after completing the first one!
2. Break into parts - this allows children to "chop" the number into the available parts. You'll see that we haven't included zero as a part. Also note the sentence below indicating how many breaks you've made.
3. Whole and parts - a familiar model from "Singapore Maths"
4. Practise the number bonds -  generates the relevant bonds for each "break". Simply click on the place holders to answer each question. The bonds are complete learners will see a link to "Make a New Break" which prompts them to break the number into different parts.

When learner the has practised all the number bonds to 10  - the bond family chooser (Step 1) will display a "completed tick" for each bond family:

Step 5.  The Number Bonds Quiz

Our Kickstart Maths Quiz System requires registration with a parent's email address. This is so that we can email you your child's report and certificate privately.

Remember to practice all 6 bond families!

5) Take the number bonds to 10 quiz

Great! You're now ready to take the number bonds to 10 quiz!

To begin the quiz, you'll need your parent to register - this is because we email your certificate to them and let them know how well you have done.

Well done for taking the Number Bond Challenge!  If you didn't do as well as you'd like, don't worry. Just come back, do a little more practice and take the quiz again.

I'm Ged, co-founder of Komodo, ex-maths teacher, dad and founder of Komodo. If you have any questions please get in touch.

About KomodoKomodo is a fun and effective way to boost primary maths skills. Designed for 5 to 11-year-olds to use in the home, Komodo uses a little and often approach to learning maths (15 minutes, three to five times per week) that fits into the busy routine. Komodo users develop fluency and confidence in maths - without keeping them at the screen for long.

Find out more about Komodo and how it helps thousands of children each year do better at maths - you can even try Komodo for free.

And now we've got Komodo English too - check it out here.

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