In Reception, we use White Rose Maths and other resources to support maths mastery and the children's early maths skills.
The key activities/topics we are working on are:
- Counting songs to further develop our knowledge of the 1 more and 1 less relationship between consecutive numbers to 10. We are also beginning to rote count to 15.
We sing a variety of nursery rhymes including 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive, One Big Hippo Balancing, 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, 5 Currant Buns, 5 Speckled Frogs and 10 Fat Sausages Sizzling in a Pan. If you would like to practise at home use the link below.
BBC Counting Songs
- Showing and identifying finger numbers to 5.
- Subitising 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 objects.
This means being able to say how many there are without counting. We use a range of objects and ask the children, 'What do you see?' and 'How do you see it?'
Here's a great YouTube video to practise your subitising skills.
Subitising Clip - YouTube
- Composition of numbers
We are starting to look at numbers up to 10 and how they are made. Using counters and 10 frames and part-whole models with manipulatives such as multilink cubes has really helped us to see that numbers are made of smaller parts.
We are continuing to use stem sentences to help the children to retain the number bonds. We love to say these in funny voices at school like robots, pirates or zombies! Eg.
6 can be made from 6 and 0. 0 and 6 makes 6.
6 can be made from 5 and 1. 1 and 5 makes 6.
6 can be made from 4 and 2. 2 and 4 makes 6.
6 can be made from 3 and 3. 3 and 3 makes 6.