 One plus one equals two.

# Year 1 Calculation - Symbols

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Maths and Numeracy for children aged 5 and 6 in year 1. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with reading, writing and interpreting mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs.

Recognising, selecting and using the right symbol in a number sentence is vital. A good understanding of what the addition, subtraction and equals signs look like, what they mean in maths, and what they do to numbers is a really important area of development. Understanding the language associated with the addition, subtraction and equals signs will help children calculate accurately.

Question 1
What does this symbol mean: -
Multiplication
Subtracting or subtraction
Division
This symbol is used in subtraction calculations, such as 5 - 3 = 2
Question 2
Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
6 - 2 ? 4
x
+
=
-
6 - 2 is equal to, or the same as 4
Question 3
What does this symbol mean: +
Subtracting or subtraction
Is the same as
It is used when numbers are added together, for example 4 + 5 = 9
Question 4
Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 (plus) 5 = 10
-
=
+
÷
Plus is another word for add
Question 5
Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 (minus) 5 = 0
x
=
+
-
Minus is another way of saying subtract or take away
Question 6
Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 + 4 (is equal to) 9
+
=
-
x
This symbol means 'is equal to' or 'is the same as'
Question 7
Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
4 ? 1 = 3
÷
=
+
-
Subtracting 1 from 4 gives an answer of 3
Question 8
Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
3 ? 6 = 9
+
-
=
x
Question 9
What does this symbol mean: =
Is equal to or the same as
Dividing
Multiplying
Many people think this symbol means 'is the answer' but it really means 'is equal to'
Question 10
What is wrong with this number sentence:
7 + 3 = 4
The addition sign should be a subtraction sign
The addition sign is in the wrong place
The equal sign is in the wrong place
The numbers are too small
If you change - for +, the answer becomes correct
Author:  Angela Smith