Short Blocks

Maths Reception Autumn Shapes and Patterns (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.

Counting in 2s; odd/even numbers (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud


Count to 20 WITHOUT the support of a number track or 1-100 grid. Children hold up a finger for each number to 10, then one finger for 11, 2 for 12 and so on, and wave 1 or 2 hands for 5, 10, 15, 20, shouting these numbers.

Be sure to pronounce the teens numbers very clearly, so children don’t confuse them with the 10s numbers, e.g. confuse fifteen with fifty.

This is an activity which needs regular repetition so that more and more children learn the teens numbers in order by heart.


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


Eggs and Legs: Counting by Twos by Michael Dahl.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Toy animals; an ‘ark’; a soft ball; 10 socks; 2 lunch boxes; up to 10 real or play food items; numbered boxes.

Active Learning

Number cards 1 to 20 (see resources), 20 pegs and washing line; five replica 2p coins, washing line, 10 pegs; five 2p coins and a tin; 10 socks (preferably identical).

Creating and Thinking Critically

Even 2 to 10 cards; collections of up to 10 objects, e.g. pairs of shoes, pairs of cubes, pairs of eyes on soft toys, pairs of socks, etc.; cookie recipe (see resources); ingredients and cooking equipment; 20 chocolate buttons; plates; cubes; 1–10 number track (see resources); red and blue pencils.