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Reception Maths Blog

We will be updating this blog to show you what we have been learning about in Maths in Reception. We hope this will keep you informed about what your child is learning about, and ideas for you to try at home with your child to help them with their mathematical understanding.

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  • Measuring length

    Published 05/05/16, by Churchtown Primary School Teacher

    We have been learning about measuring. The children were very good at putting two objects side by side and saying which one was longer and which was shorter. We then asked them to order three and then four objects from shortest to longest - no problem!

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  • Halving and sharing

    Published 05/05/16, by Churchtown Primary School Teacher

    The children find the concept of half quite tricky. The children were shown how to cut various fruits in half, and we talked about this making 2 equal pieces. We made toast and cut the slices in half to consolidate their understanding. We progressed onto looking at word problems, like "Mrs West has 8 sweets and she wants to share them between her and Mrs Rushton, how many will they each have?" We give the children practical resources like cubes, buttons or sweets to use to divide between two bowls fairly, saying one for me, one for you etc, until they are shared out equally. 


    One of our maths challenges was to sort pictures of shapes into true or false. The statement was "Half of each shape is coloured in". The children enjoyed this challenge and could sort the shapes, explaining their ideas. Children's thoughts were "that bit is bigger than that bit so it isn't fair" and "that isn't the same size, the half way line should go there".

    We moved onto looking at halving as the inverse of doubling. For example:-

    1+1=2 ,  so half of 2 is 1.                             6+6=12, so half of 12 is 6. 

    Can you find ways of looking at halving and sharing at home? Maybe when you are serving up dinner, tell the children to share out the fish fingers equally so that everyone has the same number.  You could also challenge their thinking by saying there are 6 Easter eggs left and four of us, can we share them out equally? Why not?

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  • 3d Shapes

    Published 05/05/16, by Churchtown Primary School Teacher

    We have been exploring 3d shapes this week. We tell the children that a 3d shape is a "solid" shape. We went on a shape walk around school looking for 3d shapes and kept a tally of the shapes we found. We then sorted them in a Venn diargram into those that had flat faces, and thosethat had curved faces. We noticed that the cone and the cylinder have both flat and curved faces, so we overlapped the circles and put them in the middle.

    Why don't you see what shapes you can find in your house? The 3d shapes we focus on are cubes, cuboids, cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids and prisms (imagine a toblerone!).


    The children like playing games with 2d and 3d shapes, and this "tap a shape" game is very popular in Reception. The children like making their own pictures using wooden shapes, then talking about the shapes they can used and why.

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  • Money, money, money!

    Published 05/05/16, by Churchtown Primary School Teacher

    We have been learning about money. The children have had the opportunity to handle real coins, and talk about their value. It is a tricky concept to understand, but we are starting to understand that a 10p is the same value as ten 1ps. We have set up cafes and shops in our classrooms to give children the opportunity to use money in their play. 

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  • Doubles

    Published 25/02/16, by Churchtown Primary School Teacher

    Doubles! Reception have been learning how to double numbers up to 10+10.

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