Maths Reception Autumn Patterns

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.

Exploring repetitive patterns (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud


Show the 1-100 grid. We’re going to count all the way to 100 today! Point to each number as you do so, emphasise the numbers ending in 0 and 5, so that the children pick up on the pattern.

Do you notice any patterns in the 1-100 grid? e.g. the columns of numbers ending in the same digits.

This is an activity which needs regular repetition so that more and more children will join in saying the higher numbers.


Join in with the patterns with the song Banana, banana, meatball by Blazer Noodle on

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly has a super rhythm and repetitive nature.


Pattern fish by Trudy Harris.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Prepared cut-out snakes; paint; brushes; water; table covering; or playground chalks and access to the outside; Lego or Duplo bricks and baseboards; multilink cubes; linking elephants or other pattern-making equipment, e.g. peg boards, Numicon; shapes, or natural materials such as leaves; plain wallpaper/wall lining paper; large crayons or paint and sponges for printing; art shirts.

Active Learning

Interconnecting cubes in different colours; 2 drums, 2 wood blocks, 2 triangles and beaters; flat shapes: triangles, squares and rectangles (optional).

Creating and Thinking Critically

Paint and shaped sponges or gummed shapes; strips of card to make headbands; different coloured and shaped beads; strings/laces; fruit, e.g. bananas, strawberries, apples, pineapple, grapes; skewers; kitchen roll; interconnecting cubes in different colours.