# Max Maths, Year 1, Maths Challenge, Addition using number bonds

In the 'Max Maths' programme for Year 1, young learners are encouraged to explore the concept of addition through a personal and engaging activity known as 'My Maths Journal'. This activity invites children to integrate their family into their learning by pasting a photograph of their family members in their maths journal. With this visual aid, they are tasked to create story sums that involve their family members, allowing them to practice addition in a context that is familiar and meaningful to them. After crafting these story sums, they are encouraged to share their stories with a friend, fostering both social interaction and collaborative learning.

The 'Maths Challenge' segment of the programme delves into the exploration of number bonds, an essential foundation for understanding addition. Children are prompted to investigate which number between 1 to 10 has the most number bonds. To achieve this, they are guided to list all possible number bonds for each number, arranging them in a table format. This table includes columns for the number in question, its corresponding number bonds, and the total count of number bonds for each number. Through this activity, students not only practice their addition skills but also develop an understanding of the concept of number bonds, which are pairs of numbers that combine to form another number. This hands-on challenge is designed to enhance their numerical fluency and conceptual grasp of basic addition.