Short Blocks

Maths Reception Autumn 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.

Unit 1 Comparing lengths (suggested as 5 days)

Exploring and Playing

  1. Jumping tigers
  2. Railway tracks
  3. Baby clinic
  4. Brick lengths

Active Learning

  1. Snake line-up
  2. Leaf lengths
  3. Snake families
  4. Bean bag throw

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Puzzled teddies
  2. Playground paths
  3. Measuring snakes
  4. Traffic queues

Maths Out Loud

Counting

Count 10 soft toys into a box.

Take 1 out, saying ‘9 left’. Take out another out saying ‘8’.

Children join in counting back until you reach 0. Show the empty box.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Sing ‘Five little speckled frogs’, with 5 children at the front, jumping into a ‘pond’ one at a time. Children agree the number left before continuing.

Or sing along to this animated version of 'Five little speckled frogs' from www.bbc.co.uk. Children hold up the matching number of fingers for each verse.

Story

I’m Coming to Get You by Tony Ross. This is great for discussing how big things are!

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Chalk or tape; two play railway stations; curved and straight railway track pieces; tape measures; baby dolls of different lengths; different length construction brick.

Active Learning

3 different length snakes in 3 different colours; sticky-tack; flip-chart; access to leaves outside; glue sticks; paper; play dough; cubes; 30cm rulers; bean bag.

Creating and Thinking Critically

3 different size teddies; 2 different length ‘blankets’ (pieces of cloth) and scarves; access to the playground; playground chalk; a paper snake for each child; crayons (all the same length); paint; brushes; newspaper; long strips of paper for the crossroads; paper for traffic lights; lots of similar-sized cars.

Unit 2 Comparing measures directly (suggested as 5 days)

Exploring and Playing

  1. Sandcastles
  2. Build a town
  3. At the vets
  4. Fishy numbers

Maths Out Loud

Counting

Hang numbers 1-10 on washing line and count along the line.
Turn over 4 of the numbers. Point to missing numbers in turn and ask children to suggest what is missing, count along the line to check.
Now turn the cards back around.
Repeat with 4 other numbers.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Sing ‘One potato, two potato’. You could sing along with this animated version of 'One potato, two potato' from www.YouTube.co.uk.

Story

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

Use this to stimulate discussion about the comparative heights of different plants and flowers. This flower is very tall (sunflowers) or this flower is short (daisy or dandelion) etc.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Sandpit/ tray; a range of buckets and containers/ moulds; construction equipment; soft toy animals; tape measures; water tray; up to 10 of 2 different coloured fish.

Active Learning

Large plastic bricks (of the sort used outside); flipchart; number washing line (1-10 number cards, pegs and washing line); 3 teddies of different heights; large cubes; cards with 1, 2, 3... 10 spots and numbers on the reverse (see resources); cubes.

Creating and Thinking Critically

30cm ruler; whiteboards and pens; 1-6 numeral dice; cubes/bricks; 1-10 dice; 3 birthday cards (or pictures) with ages 3, 6 and 10 on them; washing line with numbers 1 to 10; Spotty number cards (see resources); cubes.