A catchy song that shows that numbers can be added in any order and the total will always be the same, eg 4 + 6 = 10 is the same as 6 + 4 = 10.

First broadcast:
10 September 2007

Using sweets, counters, pencils or even the children themselves, demonstrate that when splitting them into two uneven groups, the order of the groups does not affect the total quantity. By asking the children to use concrete items around the classroom, sorting them into groups and writing down the additions, it will help them to visualise how swapping numbers when adding together doesn't change the quantity, eg 3 crayons + 2 crayons is the same as 2 crayons + 3 crayons. In a PE lesson, children could be skipping, hopping and jumping and when you clap your hands, ask them to make group of different numbers and split into different formations to consolidate this concept.