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# Maths Reception Spring Comparison and Measures

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.

## Comparing weights(suggested as 5 days)

### Maths Out Loud

Counting

Sit children in a circle. Count in 1s around the circle. Children raise their arms when they say their number - as you do in a ‘Mexican wave’; then count back again.

Repeat, starting elsewhere in the circle.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Sing a song which practises counting backwards, e.g. Ten green bottles. Children can join in with this animated version.

Story

Mighty Maddie by Stuart J. Murphy

### You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Four cans of different weights, e.g. anchovies, tuna, 200g beans and 450g soup; bucket/rocker balance; four different coloured pots/ paper cups; sand; cotton wool; pasta; dried beans; saucers; digital camera; ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ cards to write names; pens; items to wrap, e.g. boxes, packages or toys; wrapping paper; scissors; tape.

Active Learning

Watermelon (which will fit in the bucket balance); lettuce and other fruit and vegetables of different weights; bucket/rocker balance; blindfold; small bag of sugar and a larger bag of cotton wool; tins of food of different weights; a bag of cotton wool and a bag of potatoes of roughly same size; a stone and apple of similar sizes; a spring scale (see Active Learning download); a toy car; an orange; flipchart and pens.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Two shopping bags; food items of various weights; bucket/rocker balance; soft toy; boxes, brown paper, tape, scissors; 500g weight; sign with prices; pound coins; a spring scale (see instructions below plan); fruits and vegetables which will fit in the baskets; flipchart; strong tape.