Short Blocks

Maths Reception Autumn Time

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.

Introducing time (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud


Give each child a number card: beginning with the number 1, up to the number of children in class. Count around the class, with children raising their cards and putting them down again like a Mexican wave. Count back from the highest number.


Days of the week song, e.g. Mr R's Days of the Week Sing-along Song from


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle or Mr Wolf’s Week by Colin Hawkins.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

A variety of sand timers (e.g. 30s, 1min, 2mins, 3 mins); plastic cups/small buckets of making sandcastles; access to the sandpit/tray; a range of timers in the role play kitchen area; a variety of play foods, e.g. eggs, vegetables, cakes, ready-meal packets; stopwatches; access to the outside area including bikes; old watches or pictures of watches cut out from a catalogue; collage materials and tape.

Active Learning

A story book which has days of the week; washing line and pegs; days of the week on cards; a one-minute sand timer, IWB/flipchart and pens, building blocks; flipchart and pen; saucepan, access to water, egg timer (e.g. 4 minutes), and egg and bread to toast for each child a toaster, access to a hob, butter, plates, cutlery.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Washing line and pegs; Days of the week cards (see Active Learning resources); puppet; a story book which has days of the week; a clock with a second hand; one-minute timer.