This activity for young primary pupils is designed to work on basic numeracy skills whilst communicating in English.

Chris Baldwin



  • basic addition and subtraction


  • Lexis – animals and numbers
  • Grammar – 'have got' in questions and positive sentences
  • Skills – all four skills are developed in this activity


  • Get a set of toy animals with several of each animal.
  • Make one copy of the worksheet for each pupil.
  • You may need to review spelling of number words before this lesson.


  1. Show pupils the animals one at a time and ask what animal it is in English.
  2. Put several animals together and ask pupils how many animals there are.
  3. Make groups of animals (e.g. three pigs and four cows) and ask how many of each there are and how many animals there are in total. (In stages 2 and 3 model the language used on the worksheet – e.g. 'How many pigs have I got?')
  4. Write your last example on the board and ask a pupil to come and write the answer as a figure and as a word.
  5. Give out the worksheet and let pupils work on the questions individually. Monitor and help where needed. Fast finishers can draw the correct number of the relevant animals to illustrate the answer.
  6. Check orally with the class.

Pupils can now go on to write their own questions and ask their classmates orally.

Language level
Language Level: 
Level 2

Add new comment

Log in or register to post comments