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.”
Numeration and Notation
1 to 1 correspondence
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
Recognising and reproducing repeating linear patterns
Introduction to & exploration of calculators
Exploration of toy money and money stamps
Equal parts, sharing
Halves, cutting shapes in half
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
Tessellationi.e. turning/flipping i.e. a jigsaw piece to fit
Comparing size of shapes/objects
Concepts – in/out, top/bottom, high/low, large/small etc
Days of the week/months of the year
Familiarization with clocks/timers
Heavy /light, Equal/Balanced
Exploring the use of the balance beam
Measuring with random units ie hands, cotton reels etc
Filling containers with smaller objects, comparing
Weather- Relationship to the clothes we wear
Hot/cold/warm – descriptive words
CHANCE & DATA
Sorting, classifying and drawing collections of objects
Verbal descriptions of groups/collections
Language of chance – Your turn, I might win, I am second, last
Rolling dice, recognising the number, recording
Playing board games
Using equipment correctly.
Working in groups
Discussing our discoveries with teacher/class
Packing up and putting away equipment