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This Week's Maths Resources - Money 20.7.20

Wow, we made it! This is the last week of term and the last week of maths tasks before we welcome all children back to school in September.  You might be finding it hard to keep the children motivated in this last week so, as always, there are a variety of activities to dip in and out of.

We are thinking about money.  The main focus for reception is to recognise some coins and to use pennies to buy things and solve problems.  To extend your child, you can start thinking about working with 2p, 5p and 10p because they link to the extension activities in the exceeding part of the early learning goal for Number.  

If you are searching for videos, make sure you choose a uk version!  This one introduces 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p in a short and simple way.

money video

A good way to start is to let children handle coins and explore them.  What do they notice about the coins?  Is there anything the same about them (shape, size, colour etc)? Is there anything different?  Can they see numerals on the coins?  Are the coins the same on both sides? You could hide some coins for your child to find, or bury them in a bucket of sand or soil for them to dig up like pirates.


Why not try some coin rubbings? This is also an oportunity to develop the skill of getting a clear rubbing.  Your child can experiment with pencils, crayons and wax crayons to see which gives the best image, and also how to hold the drawing tool - different angles produce different results.

coin rubbing]

You could set up a shop using your child's toys or some snacks.  Encourage your child to help you set it up and write the labels.  Then, give your child some pennies to pay for the items.  They have to count out the correct number of pennies to match the price tag. Take it in turns to be the shop keeper and the customer.  Encourage words like cheap, expensive, too much, do you have enough money etc


Once your child can count out pennies for a single item, start buying more than one item.  This encourages problem solving because they have to do some adding and work out if they have enough money to buy everything they want.


This is a money working mat that we use in reception.  Just like with the shop play, children have some pennies (ten for this activity) and they have to choose something to buy and count the pennies onto the picture.  They then see how many they have left and work out what else they can buy.  

They can move on to working out how many different pairs of items they can afford with their ten pennies by using adding skills.

money mat

If you feel that your child has really go the hang of working with pennies, you could explore the value of slightly bigger coins.  Start with 2p.  It can be a little confusing to children that this coin is worth the same as two pennies so it is important not to skip this step.

Can they count out two pennies to match each 2p? Can they count the piles of pennies in twos? And then the 2p pieces in twos?

You could repeat this step with 10p pieces and then 5p pieces if you felt your child was ready.  Please bear in mind this is not reception level learning though so don't worry if your child is not ready for this.

money matching

You might want to have a chore challenge.  For example:

  • putting your dirty washing in the basket 5p
  • putting your toys away 10p
  • taking your breakfast bowl to the sink/dishwasher 4p
  • putting your pyjamas in your bed 2p
  • setting the table for dinner 8p

The children earn some pennies throughout the day and then get to spend them in the 'tuck shop' at teatime on treats for pudding,  Create a similar list of prices for them to choose from.

If you are feeling very generous, do it with pounds (maybe adjust the prices down!) and let them earn pocket money for a new toy.

tidying(1)washing up

Worksheets for those who want an extra challenge/extension

This worksheet supports recognising and naming different coins. You might want to put one of each coin on top of the images so that your child can handle the coins and look closely at them, otherwise this would be very tricky.

coin recognition

This worksheet asks children to order the value of the coins.  It is an extension acivity for reception children who want a challenge.

coin ordering

Children need to count the pennies and label the jars.  The last two jars have two pence pieces which is a challenge.  The next page on the file has empty jars for children tp draw their own pennies in to match the totals (or 2p pieces and pennies if they want a challenge).  Then there is an extension page that uses 5p and 10p pieces.  The worksheets go up to year one level with some hard jars at the end that reception children are not expected to do.

money jar

This worksheet starts nice a simply with a counting pennies task. Pages two and three are tricker and require an understanding of the value of bigger coins and some addition skills.

ice cream money

A final extension activity: chidren have to count in twos, fives or tens to work out how much money is in each jar.  This is tricky and for anyone who wants a challenge.

money jar

Last Week's Maths Resources - Capacity 13.7.20

This week we are thinking about capacity.  This is one of our Shape, Space and Measures concepts and is best approached with practical activities and lots of talking.  If your reception children are anything like my reception child, the talking should be readily available! We think about using words such as full, half-full, half-empty, empty, nearly full, nearly empty and over-flowing.

Mrs Harris has been exploring language with her water capacity video below.  Can your child watch it and make predictions?

Water capacity vid.mov

Click the link below to have a go at the capacity powerpoint.

milkshake capacity screenshot

This week is the perfect opportunity to get in the garden and get messy.  The weather has improved again and the mess is made outside instead of in the house!  Give your child some different sized containers and see if they can fill them to full/half-full and then empty them out again.  Encourage them to talk about how full or empty their containers are.  This is a straight-forward skill for a typical reception child.  You could use sand, if you have a sand pit, set up a bucket of water to use, or set them loose on the soil!

water play2

What we are looking for towards the end of Reception, is comparative language. Children can test which container has the biggest capacity by filling one and then pouring that amount into another container to see how they compare:

  • This pot holds more than this pot.
  • This pot holds the most water
  • It's overflowing so this pot must hold less.
  • This pot is full and this pot is half-full.
  • This pot is full and this pot is half-full so this pot holds more and this pot holds less.

They can also use non-standard meaures to fill the pots and make comparisons that way.  E.g. using a spoon to count spoonfuls of soil into different containers, or using a small yoghurt pot to fill larger containers with water.

  • The yoghurt pot holds ten spoonfuls of soil and the margarine tub holds twenty spoonfuls.  The margarine tub holds the most because twenty is a bigger number.

Can you decide how to describe the pictures below from the teachers' houses.  Which container do you think could hold the most of something?  Which could hold the least?

How would you describe the glass? Full or empty?


Is the ketchup bottle full or empty?


What about the watering can?  This is a tricky one.  What do you think?


Is there any more room in Mrs Norris' cup?

full cup(1)

How would you describe the glass?


Is the box of chalks full, half-full or empty?


How would you describe the cup? Half-empty or empty?


What has happened with Mrs Stephenson's water?


Is the bottle full, nearly full or half-full?


Maths Resources - Counting in fives and tens W/B: 6.7.20

This week we are thinking about counting in fives and tens to help us get ready for Year One learning.  Just like with counting in twos, being able to apply this knowledge to solve problems is one of the skills that 'exceeds expectations' in maths. If your child is not ready to apply the knowledge, focus instead on learning to count in fives and tens.  There are some times table songs on the website that we use in school.  The children are already familiar with the tens song.  They can be found in Home Learning> Maths.

If you feel that your child is not ready to do more than sing the songs then enjoy doing that, watch some fun fives and tens videos on Youtube and then revise some of the skills we have been doing this half-term such as teen numbers or 'one more' and 'one less'.

There is a fun Numberblocks episode on cbeebies iplayer that supports counting in tens:

Series 4: Land of the Giants

numberblocks land of the giants

This is always a popular activity at school, if you can face the mess!  Let the children print handprints and then label them in fives when they have dried.  Talk together about how they have five digits on each hand and practise counting in fives by showing one hand for each 'five' that you say together.

If you want a less messy version, you could draw around hands.

fives handprints

Just like with fives, you can use feet to count in tens.  First talk about how they have ten toes and then practise couting in tens , jumping once for each 'ten'.  Then have a go at printing with feet, or drawing around them.  Don't forget to label them afterwards!

tens paint feet

If your child is getting the hang of counting in fives and tens you could apply the counting with some practical problems.  Set up some bags, boxes or pots with five or ten objects in.  Make sure they can see the objects and encourage them to count how many are in the container to re-inforce the '5' or '10' label you have put on it.  Can they then count in fives (or tens as appropriate) to find out how many items there are altogether?

fives teddies(1)pots tens(1)

Cut out the 'tens' numerals and then put them in the correct order on the sheet.

tens cut outs

Fill in the missing numbers.  Counting in fives.

5s flowers

Fill in the missing numbers. Counting in tens.

10s flowers

Fill in the missing numbers.  Counting in tens.

ten feet 100

Fill in the missing numbers. Counting in tens extension.

counting in tens feet to 200

Fill in the missing numbers.  Counting in fives.

five to 60

Fill in the missing numbers. Counting in fives extension.

counting in fives to 120

Finally, an extra challenge for those who are ready: solve the problems to work out if they are true or false.  These are hard for Reception so do not worry if your child cannot do them.  Don't forget, applying the knowledge of the 2s, 5s & 10s is an 'exceeding' skill and the children have missed a lot of time in school.  They start easier with one star and get progressively more challenging.  They are very good for applying reasoning skills (explaining their answers and thought processes) so they are good to work through with an adult, talking them through.


Numeral practice - 11-20

Number Bonds to Ten Songs

Ordering numbers resources

Here are some sheets that you can use. If you can't print then you could design your own on plain paper. You can also chop up your own number cards. You could stick numbers onto toys and put them in order. You could chalk them or write them using mud outside. You could make them with playdough, pebbles, pasta. You could number pairs of socks and look for the coutning in 2s number patterns that the pairs make.

White Rose Maths

White Rose Maths Early Years Home learning Lots of fun activities from Nursery to Year 6. Look at the Early Years ones or year 1 for a challenge

- Click here

white rose maths(1)

Learning to Budget with snacks

Is your child driving you nuts yet asking for snacks every 5 minutes? Why not give them a daily allowance and teach them to recognise coins, add up, subtract and learn to budget. Budgeting is a life-skill we all need and many adults (including myself) are not great at sticking to. Healthy snacks are cheaper too, helping them to make sesible choices. Will they notice that they get more snacks if they eat healthily?


Maths Activities and Information

Here are some Maths activities for you to try at home. Some of them may need printing off, while others you can work from while they are on the screen, or you can go and do with things that you find around the house and garden. These will change weekly to give you time to complete them. Remember there is also an 'Our Learning' section on the website where you can find the timetables songs.

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