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In Reception, numeracy is taught as part of ‘Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy’, as the children get to grips with the ideas of numbers and calculations. Children will be working with numbers every day, in a range of different ways. They will be using familiar objects to help them learn about how numbers are used in everyday life, and they will also be linking numbers to topic work; for example, if they are learning about dinosaurs they could be making dinosaur pictures out of shapes. They will be encouraged to be curious and explore numbers. They will be playing number games, singing counting songs, making models and using the role-play area, as well as being introduced to the ideas of addition and subtraction. At home, try to talk about numbers – it’s important for children to see just how much maths is used in everyday life.


Try this at home

  • Practise counting – you can do this anywhere: count toys, books, how many buses you see when you go out
  • Play hide and seek – again, good practice for counting
  • Save your cereal boxes and cardboard tubes for making models. Your child will think they’re making a castle; you’ll know they’re learning about shapes!
  • Do a jigsaw together – a fun way to develop spatial awareness and matching skills
  • Play card games – even a simple game of snap helps to develop number recognition
  • Have a teddy bears’ picnic: count out toys, place settings, and share out the cakes
  • Put up a height chart and mark each member of the family's height
  • At bathtime, play with different-sized containers
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