Maths

What is maths in Reception?

Mathematics in Reception is by its very nature hands on/explorational/games based.   It is entwined with what we are learning about the world around us and we don’t teach it a as isolated skills but give explicit instruction on concepts then provide playful learning opportunities to consolidate.  We are laying the foundation and problem solving skills needed as a mathematician.  

The National Curriculum Foundation Achievement standard.

“By the end of the Foundation year, students make connections between number names, numerals and quantities up to 10. (this means knowing and working with numbers to 10 inside out and upside down, counting on, backwards, what is before what is after, what is inbetween , subtilising etc

They compare objects using mass, length and capacity.

Students connect events and the days of the week. They explain the order and duration of events.

They use appropriate language to describe location.

Students count to and from 20 and order small collections.

They group objects based on common characteristics and sort shapes and objects.

Students answer simple questions to collect information.”

 

NUMBER

Numeration and Notation

1 to 1 correspondence

Subitizing

Number songs & games

Counting to 20 counting backwards from 20

Counting forwards and backwards from any number

Reading, recording and ordering to 10

Ordinal numbers – first, second, third, last

Number before or after

Estimating to amounts of 10

Telling mathematical stories and working out ways to answer them.

Adding one more

Taking one away

Pairs, doubles

Recognising and reproducing repeating linear patterns

Introduction to & exploration of calculators

Money

Exploration of toy money and money stamps

Shop play

Fractions

Equal parts, sharing

Halves, cutting shapes in half

SPACE

Shape and Structure

Drawing lines/ruling lines

Drawing shapes same/different

Recognising, naming and reproducing, circles, squares,  triangles 

Introduction to & exploring of other 2D shapes diamond, star, oval,

Playing with 3D solid shapes

Movement/ Transformation

Tessellationi.e. turning/flipping i.e. a jigsaw piece to fit

Comparing size of shapes/objects

Location/mapping

Spatial Language

Concepts –  in/out, top/bottom, high/low, large/small etc

MEASUREMENT

Time

Day/Night

Days of the week/months of the year

Seasons

Ordering/sequencing events

Following Routines

Familiarization with clocks/timers

Mass

Heavy /light, Equal/Balanced

Exploring the use of the balance beam

Length

Short/tall/long/thin/wide

Measuring with random units ie hands, cotton reels etc

Beginning/end

Perimeter/ Area

Inside/ outside,

Boundaries

Straight/Curved

Volume/Capacity

Filling containers with smaller objects, comparing

Sand/Water play/exploration

More/less

Empty/full

Temperature

Weather- Relationship to the clothes we wear

Hot/cold/warm – descriptive words

CHANCE & DATA

Collecting,/Displaying/Interpreting Data

Sorting, classifying and drawing collections of objects

Verbal descriptions of groups/collections

Probability

Language of chance – Your turn, I might win, I am second, last

Rolling dice, recognising the number, recording

Playing board games

Card games

MATHEMATICAL BEHAVIOR

Using equipment correctly.

Working in groups

Sharing/Taking turns

Discussing our discoveries with teacher/class

Packing up and putting away equipment

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