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Maths Reception Autumn Understanding Number

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 Counting and naming numerals (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud

Counting

With all the children, count from 1 to 20 in unison. When you say ‘five’, children wave one hand in the air. When you all say ‘ten’, they wave a second hand in the air. Then they put their hands down and continue counting. When you say, ‘fifteen’, they wave one hand in the air, and when you say ‘twenty’, they wave both hands in the air.

Repeat this, counting again to twenty in the same way.

Repeat several times.

You will notice that children who are unsure about the sequence of numbers, all join in on the multiples of 5. These act as ‘markers’ where everyone can be saying the same number enthusiastically!

This counting as a large group is an essential prerequisite for all the activities in this Unit.

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

Sing ‘One Man Went to Mow’. You could learn and sing along with this animated version of One Man Went to Mow from www.YouTube.com.

Story

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno.

When reading this, make the most of all the different ways in which each number may be found. This book repays several readings, both to a group and individually or in pairs.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

A large glove puppet; Number cards 1-10 (see resources); lots of small objects; spotty dice 1-6; see-through plastic bags; Lego bricks; dotty number cards 1-10 (see resources); 10 small soft toys; a basket or box; Number cards (see resources).

Active Learning

Number cards 1-10 (see resources); Fortune Teller template (see resources); crayons and felt-tip pens; 10 bowls of natural objects around the room, e.g. bowls of 7 conkers, 4 pine cones, 3 flowers, 8 pebbles, 5 leaves, 2 shells, 6 feathers, etc.; safety pins; counters.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Small shells/dinosaurs/figures/plastic animals, etc.; Number cards 1-10 (see resources); small animals; animal pens; Lego/Duplo; sticky notes; chalk.

Unit 2 Ordering numbers: sequencing (suggested as 5 days)

Exploring and Playing

  1. Race to the ten
  2. Costing least or most?
  3. Lined-up lorries
  4. Lengthy pens

Maths Out Loud

Counting

This activity is the same as that on Unit 1. The reason is because it needs to be repeated over at least two weeks and more. Without this repetitive chanting, the other activities become impossible. Children need the foundation of the known count.

With all the children, count from 1 to 20 in unison. When you say ‘five’, children wave one hand in the air. When you all say ‘ten’, they wave a second hand in the air. Then they put their hands down and continue counting. When you say, ‘fifteen’, they wave one hand in the air, and when you say ‘twenty’, they wave both hands in the air.

Repeat this, counting again to twenty in the same way.

Repeat several times.

You will notice that children who are unsure about the sequence of numbers all join in on the multiples of 5. These act as ‘markers’ where everyone can be saying the same number enthusiastically!

Chants/Rhymes/Songs

One, two, three, four, five – once I caught a fish alive. This animated version of One, two, three, four, five... once I caught a fish alive from www.bbc.co.uk is great.

Story

1 – 20 Animals a Plenty by Kate Viggers.

Simply brilliant book for counting to 20.

You Will Need

Exploring and Playing

Ace to 10 playing cards: a set per child; items in the class shop, labelled with prices £1 to £10 (or £6); number labels; bikes/tricycles/ scooters, etc.; Duplo/ Lego bricks; toy animals.

Active Learning

A 1 to 6 or a 1 to 10 number track (see resources); one or two spotty dice, Lego/Duplo; Ace to 10 playing cards in one suit of your choice; counters; Number cards 1-10 (see resources); pack of playing cards with the Jacks, Queens and Kings removed.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Number cards 1-10; washing line and pegs; a puppet; number cards 1 to 10 and 1 to 10 (see resources); safety pins; counters; blank number track (see resources).