Short Blocks

Maths Reception Summer Shapes and Sorting

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.

Talking about shapes(suggested as 5 days)

Exploring and Playing

1. Constructing shapes
2. Lolly Stick Shapes
3. Play-dough Shapes
4. Junk modelling

Active Learning

1. Nets
2. Printing
3. Making Dice
4. Building Blocks

Creating and Thinking Critically

1. Draw the net
2. Building Houses
3. Box Nets
4. Net Match

Maths Out Loud

Counting

• Using a range of 3-D shapes, build a tower. Count the shapes as they are placed on the tower.
• If some fall off, practise counting backwards.
• Start again and continue counting forwards.
• How many can we get to?

Number Bonds

• Give each child a piece of Numicon. When I say 3 stand up…When I say 6 stand up… Continue to revise number recognition like this then…
• Hold up a 4 piece ‘When I say 4…’ Children who have 6 stand up with their piece…. ‘We say 6!’
• Continue to practise all the number bonds... ‘When I say 8…’ ‘We say 2!’ etc.

Song

London Bridge is falling down

Books

• When I Build with Blocks by Niki Alling
• Let’s build a house: a book about buildings and materials by Mick and Brita Manning and Granström
• Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk Traditional Tales
• I spy with My Little Eye…Shapes! by Marian Yiangou

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

'Shape Mat' (see resources), Construction kits; play-dough, plasticine or blue tac; lolly sticks; plastic or wooden 3-D shapes; play-dough tools; mats; sticky notes; shallow trays of paint, paper; junk modelling e.g. kitchen rolls, boxes (cuboid and cube); masking tape; glue; any embellishing resources e.g. googly eyes, pipe cleaners etc.

Active Learning

'Shape Nets' (see resources); matching plastic/wooden 3-D shapes; shapes made from 'Shape nets' (see resources); shallow paint trays; paint; 'Dice Nets' (see resources); glue/ Sellotape.

Creating and Thinking Critically

'Shape Nets' (see resources); 3-D shapes; 3-D wooden building blocks; 'Challenge Cards' (see resources); everyday packets of different shapes and sizes, e.g. small cereal packets, paper-hankie boxes, spice pots or boxes, etc.; '3-D Shapes and matching Nets' (see resources).