# Max Maths, Year 1, Learn together, Addition using number bonds

In Year 1, students are introduced to the concept of addition using number bonds, a foundational maths skill that helps children understand how numbers combine to form a whole. The "Max Maths" programme encourages pupils to 'Learn Together' through engaging examples. One such example begins with visualising 3 lions and 1 tiger, where students are shown that these animals can be split into 'parts' and combined to form a 'whole'. The number 3 represents one part, the number 1 represents the other part, and when added together, they make the whole number 4. This is expressed through the equation 3 + 1 = 4, with the conclusion that there are 4 big cats altogether.

Further reinforcing this concept, another example illustrates 6 birds flying and 4 birds on the ground. These numbers are also broken down into 'parts' and 'whole', where the parts 6 and 4 add up to the whole number 10. The equation 6 + 4 = 10 helps students understand that there are 10 birds in total. Additional examples include 2 children sitting and 4 standing, where 2 and 4 make 6, and there are 6 children altogether. Similarly, with 3 red helmets and 3 yellow helmets, 3 and 3 make 6, totaling 6 helmets. Lastly, 5 green balls and 1 orange ball are added to show that 5 + 1 equals 6, resulting in 6 balls altogether. These simple, relatable scenarios assist Year 1 students in grasping the concept of addition through number bonds, setting a strong foundation for future mathematical learning.