Maths Reception Autumn Shapes

Each week-long unit has everything you need to teach a set of related skills and concepts. ‘Maths Out Loud’ provides essential whole-class practice of counting and repetitive chants, rhymes and songs, along with a linked story to enjoy together.

The three remaining sections provide a choice of activities to target the key characteristics of effective early learning. Through ‘Exploring and Playing’, children will engage with their peers and their environment. ‘Active Learning’ should promote the motivation needed to be involved and to keep trying. Many of the activities suggested in ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’ support early development of children’s problem-solving and reasoning skills.

‘UNIT PLAN’ gives you a text version of all parts of the unit to use in your school planning documentation. ‘DOWNLOAD ALL FILES’ gives you that unit plan plus all of the associated documents. The downloads in each section of the first unit are free to download for all users. However these bulk downloads are only available to Hamilton Friends and School Subscribers, representing added value for those users.

Unit 1 Exploring and playing with symmetry (suggested as 5 days)

Objectives

Exploring and playing with symmetry

Unit 1: ID# R349

Development Matters

Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘flat’ 2-D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
Selects a particular named shape.
Uses familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.

Early Learning Goals

Recognises, creates and describes patterns.
Explores characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and uses mathematical language to describe them.

Hamilton Objectives

20. Explore 2-D shapes, begin to use mathematical names for these ‘flat’ shapes; select a named shape: circle, square, rectangle, triangle.
22.Use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.
32. ELG: Recognise, create and describe patterns.
33. ELG: Explore characteristics of shapes and everyday objects and use mathematical language to describe them.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Peg boards; pegs; mirrors (optional); gummed shapes; paper; mirrors (optional); small building bricks; doors and windows; salt dough/playdough in different colours; modelling tools; mirrors; branches and ribbons (optional).

Active Learning

Symmetrical butterfly template (enlarged and cut out – see example in resources); three paint colours; brushes; large mirror; flipchart and coloured pens; internet access; skipping rope per pair; camera (optional); real flowers, Symmetrical flower pictures (see resources), paint/collage materials, mirrors; folded cards; glue sticks; coloured pens/ pencils.

Creating and Thinking Critically

A small pizza for each child; mayonnaise; toppings, e.g. slices of pepperoni/ olives/ sweetcorn; camera/ phone suitable for children to take photographs; equipment to print photos; paper; paints and brushes; a range of paper shapes – some symmetrical, some not; 2 large sheets of paper.

Maths Out Loud

Counting

Ask 10 children to sit at the front holding numbers 1 to 10. Child holding 1 stands up, then children shout 1! Child holding 2 stands up, children shout 2! Carry on until all ten are standing.

Shout 10! Child holding 10 sits down, children shout 9! Child holding 9 sits down, children shout 8! Carry on until no children are standing. All shout ZERO!

Repeat across the week to include all the children.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Sing along with Five little apples, e.g. this animated version at www.bbc.co.uk. Ask children to hold up 5 fingers, then fold one down each time an apple falls from the tree.

Play an I-spy shapes game.

Story

The hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Use this well-known book to stimulate discussion about the symmetrical pattern on the butterfly’s wings.

Exploring and Playing

  1. Peg patterns
  2. Symmetrical monsters
  3. Symmetrical houses
  4. Symme-tree

Creating and Thinking Cricitally

  1. Pizza patterns
  2. Symmetry hunt
  3. Mirror pictures
  4. Symmetry sort

Unit 2 Exploring 2-D shapes (suggested as 5 days)

Objectives

Exploring and playing with 2-D shapes

Unit 2: ID# R367

Development Matters

Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘flat’ 2-D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
Selects a particular named shape.
Uses familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.

Early Learning Goals

Recognises, creates and describes patterns.
Explores characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and uses mathematical language to describe them.

Hamilton Objectives

20. Explore 2-D shapes, begin to use mathematical names for these ‘flat’ shapes; select a named shape: circle, square, rectangle, triangle.
22.Use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.
33. ELG: Explore characteristics of shapes and everyday objects and use mathematical language to describe them

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Boxes/ packaging; shallow trays of paint; paper; gummed shapes; sandpit; flat shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles and circles); playdough; different shape cookie cutters; boards; plates.

Active Learning

2-D shapes to include squares, rectangles, circles and triangles; 4 skipping ropes; playground chalk; loop of rope/ elastic ~3m long; 2-D shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, circle; clipboards; pencils; camera; Shape cards (see resources).

Creating and Thinking Critically

Cardboard box; several different triangles, rectangles, squares and circles; puppet; large sheet of paper; gummed shapes; flat shapes (square, rectangle, circle or triangle); a feely bag; mini-whiteboards and pens; pipe cleaners.

Maths Out Loud

Counting

Use the 1-100 grid to support counting to 50, with children all using fingers to match the 1s digit in the count, e.g., holding up 1 finger for 21, 2 fingers for 22, 3 fingers for 23, 4 fingers for 24 and so on. Say the multiples of 5 louder: 5, 10, 15, 20 etc.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

The shapes song from www.YouTube.com.

Story

When a Line Bends...: A Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene. Rhymed text describes how shapes are made from simple lines.

Washing Line by Jez Alborough. Use vocabulary relating to shape and size by looking at clothes on the washing line.

Exploring and Playing

  1. Shape prints
  2. Shape pictures
  3. Dig for shapes
  4. Shape cookies

Creating and Thinking Cricitally

  1. Behind the wall
  2. Shape monster
  3. Guess my shape
  4. Pipe cleaner challenge