Short Blocks

Maths Reception Spring Addition & Subtraction (B)

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.

Count on to add (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud


Roll a 1-6 (or 0-9) numerical dice. Show me this number on your fingers. What is the next number? Show me. Repeat lots of times. Then just roll the dice, children say the next number each time.


One, two, buckle my shoe. Children could join in with this animated version of One, two, buckle my shoe from


My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

A complete set of dominoes; play animals, and a pen/series of pens/houses; 1-20 number cards; 1, 2, 3 dice; 2 different coloured counters; Snakes and ladders board (see resources).

Active Learning

2-10 cards; cubes; flipchart and pens; 1 to 12 cards; washing line and pegs; money box/tin; 12 pennies; 11-20 number cards; 1-20 number track; a large 1-12 floor number track; a large dice with 1, 2 or 3 spots on each face.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Pack of 1-20 cards; large piece of paper for a game track; coin; different coloured counters; building bricks, e.g. Lego® or Duplo®; playground chalk; lots of number shapes, e.g. Numicon.