# Maths Reception Spring Shapes

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.

## Where is it?(suggested as 5 days)

### Exploring and Playing

1. Animals on a bus
2. 3-D collage creation
4. Car parking

### Active Learning

1. Hats
2. Moving shapes
3. Tiling instructions
4. Instructions for PE

### Creating and Thinking Critically

1. LEGO™ walls
2. Placing objects
3. Shape towers
4. Shape hunt

### Maths Out Loud

3-D Shapes

• Give each child a 3-D shape to hold.
• Display images of 3-D shapes on the interactive whiteboard OR stick 3-D shapes to the board using masking tape or sticky-tack.
• Display a 3 by 3 grid of different shapes (see download).
• Describe a shape by its position, e.g. It is above the black cuboid. OR It is beside the green cube.
• Any child holding the same shape as the one you are describing, should stand up, i.e. any child holding a cube would stand up if you made the first statement.
• Repeat, continuing to describe a shape on the grid with reference to its position.

Songs

The Grand Old Duke of York

Little Miss Muffet

Incey Wincey Spider

Half a pound of tuppenny rice. In this song, change the ‘on’ the table, to ‘under’ the table or to ‘beside’ the table, etc. Note up and down and in and out … what other position words could we use?

Story

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Little Star and other Shapes by J. Y. Quinn

### You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

‘Animal bus’ (see resources); small world animals; assortment of materials for collage e.g. cubes, blocks, shapes, cotton wool, reels, paper etc; large paper; masking tape; plastic potato head or real potatoes; plastic body/ face parts or stick-on google eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms etc; glue; toy cars; large sheet of paper; ramps, bridges, etc.

Active learning

3 identical hats or hats made from boxes; cat soft toy; ‘L-hand’ (see resources); coloured dot stickers; 3-D shapes; ‘3 by 3 grid’ (see resources); ‘Position words’ (see resources); ‘4 by 4 grid’ (see resources), ‘3 by 3 grid’ (see resources); ‘Number tiles 0 – 10’ (see resources); hall space; mats; benches

Creating and Thinking Critically

Lego or Duplo™; ‘4 by 4 grid’ (see resources); basket; objects e.g. small figures, coloured beads etc., ‘Position word cards’ (see resources); conker or other small item; ‘Position words poster’ (see resources); 3-D shapes in different colours and sizes