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Maths Reception Autumn How many?

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 Count how many; match one-to-one (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud

Counting

Hold up your right thumb (left as the children see it), palms facing you. Count in ones, holding up one finger with each number until the little finger, saying 5 louder and waving the hand. Continue on 2nd hand, stressing ten and waving both hands as you do so. Repeat twice, asking children to join in.

Hang cards 1 to 10 on a washing line. Make a soft toy rabbit count in ones along the line, emphasising 5 and 10. Repeat, so that more children join in. Children hold up fingers one at a time to match the numbers as they count.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Sing a rhyme which counts back from 10 to 0, e.g. 10 fat sausages sizzling in the pan, one went POP and the other went BANG! See an animated example of 10 Fat Sausages from www.YouTube.com. Ten children could pretend to be the sausages.

Afterwards, the 10 children stand up and everyone shouts 10! One sits down, all shout 9, and so on until all children are sat down, all shout ZERO.

Story

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett.

Count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages!

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Play-dough; rolling pin; wooden cubes/multi-link; number cards 1-10; counting objects e.g. shells/ beads/counters/stones (matched to a class theme?); ~10 cups/small bowls; small figures/ animals/ pebbles/ vehicles/ jewels; coloured card as counting mats; pens; sticky notes; Flapjack recipe and ingredients (see resources); cups; spoon.

Active Learning

Open bread basket/box; 10 soft toys or teddies; masking tape; paper; 1-10 cards (see resources); whiteboards; large spotty dice; pens; number tiles 1 – 8; big bricks and bikes or scooters.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Set of six tins/small boxes/small bags or pouches; animals on printed sticky labels (see resources); small pebbles/stones/beads; number cards 1-6 (see resources); nets of numbered boxes (see resources); felt pens; ‘precious’ objects e.g. beads/ marbles/conkers/Lego; glue/tape; set of dominoes per pair; soft toys, plates, cups, plastic knives, forks, spoons; some cakes and squash to complete the tea party!

Unit 2 One more/less up to 12 (suggested as 5 days)

Exploring and Playing

  1. Children on the bus
  2. Digging for treasure
  3. Car park
  4. Building towers

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Mystery numbers
  2. Stop counting!
  3. Teddy’s tower is taller!
  4. Toys’ bedtime

Maths Out Loud

Counting

Sit children in a circle. Pass a teddy round the circle as you count. Pass teddy back again as you count back, slowly at first, gathering pace until teddy reaches 1.

Split the class into 2 groups. Count to 100 using 1-100 grid, each half of the class saying alternate lines on the grid.

Give 10 children cards 10, 20, 30… 100. Use 1-100 grid to aid counting to 100, children stand up and show their cards when their number is said. Other children use fingers to count each 10, waving 1 hand or 2 for nos. ending in 5 or 0.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Sing songs or say rhymes which start with one object/ character and add one more each time, e.g. One man went to mow or Dinosaurs to Ten. Ask children to be the objects or characters.

Story

One Elephant Went Out to Play by Sanja Rešcek (illustrator).

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

10 chairs; a steering wheel; a bus stop; numbers 1-10 on tiles/cards/as number shapes; spades/trowels; cardboard box; toy cars; number cards 1-12; 1-12 number track; chalk or number tiles/mats; large bricks.

Active Learning

Pegged ‘washing line’ with large numbers 1-10; 1-6 dice; 4-9 dice; dice adapted to show 1-2-3-3-4-4; pegged number line 1-9; playdough/salt dough; counters; boards for dough; chalk; beanbags; lots of number shapes, e.g. Numicon; number cards 1-10 (see resources).

Creating and Thinking Critically

Pegged ‘washing line’ with large numbers 1-12; Teddy; number cards 1-12; big bricks; 5-10 dice; 1-6 dice; 10 soft toys; blanket.