Maths Reception Spring Addition and Subtraction

Hamilton's Reception Maths planning targets the key characteristics of effective early learning:

  • Through Exploring and Playing, children independently engage with their peers and their environment.
  • Active Learning group activities promote the motivation needed to be involved and to keep trying.
  • Guided Creating and Thinking Critically supports development of problem-solving & reasoning skills.

Maths Out Loud: whole-class counting, repetitive chants, rhymes, songs and a linked story to enjoy together.

Say the number 1 more/ less (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud


Shuffle a set of 1-10 cards. Show one. Children say the next number, then carry on counting until you say stop. Repeat with other cards.
On a different day, repeat, but this time, children count back to zero.
Use number shapes – such as Numicon - for the same activity, asking Which shape is 1 more/ 1 less than this one?
Analyse and visualise number images, e.g. by showing children the dice pattern for 5 and asking them What numbers can you see hidden inside this number?


Sing a song or say a rhyme which starts with one object/character and adds one more each time, e.g. One elephant went out to play, or One man went to mow, such as this animated version of One Man Went to Mow on


On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

A complete set of dominoes; chairs; a steering wheel and a bus stop; items in a class shop; price labels; pens; playground chalk; bean bags.

Active Learning

A tin or money box; 12 pennies; 12 soft toys, a blanket; 10 chairs; covered car park (see preparation); 10 cars.

Creating and Thinking Critically

1-20 track; 1-20 cards; eight cards for additions; cubes; Addition cards (see resources); 1-6 dice; dice with 1 or 2 spots on each face; game track with numbers from 1 to 12 in order; building bricks, e.g. Lego® or Duplo®; coin; counters.