Maths Challenge – week beginning 13.07.20

Supporting your child to prepare for their transition into Year One


When the children move on from Reception into Year One, we aim to have taught them certain Maths Skills that will support them with their transition.

During these unprecedented times, whether your child has been in school or you have been helping them at home, all of our pupils will have had different experiences. September will be another different experience for them as they have been unable to visit classrooms and meet their new teachers yet.

If you are able to support your child with home schooling, we have compiled a list of Maths Skills that would help them as they move into Year One, however, please do not worry if your child has any difficulty with any of these tasks, we will be working on them in September.

  • to count forwards and backwards to 20, from any given number.
  • to recognise the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • to order 0-20
  • to say what is one more or one less than a number between 0-20
  • to add and subtract two numbers, with the answer being within 0-20. They can use objects, or count on/back
  • to know how to find double or half of a number 0-20.


  • to recognise, name and describe : square, triangle, rectangle, oval, star, heart, circle
  • to continue a pattern, i.e. draw : red circle, yellow circle, red circle, whats next?
  • to talk about time, i.e. yesterday I ….., tomorrow i will ……
  • to compare objects or order objects by weight or size
  • to talk about capacity, money, distance and position
    • i.e. my cup is half full
    • recognising coins/playing shops
    • how many steps away is the door?
    • where is the teddy? under, above, next to, in front of, behind, etc

Maths Challenge – week beginning 06.07.20


Let your child look at the coins and notes you may have at home.

Can they recognise any of them?

How do they feel? Are they all the same shape? Can you order them by size?

CLICK HERE to play a game of recognising coins (ensure you do the UK flag version)

You could also play shop – give your child some coins and ask them to choose something to buy. Give them a price that is the same as a coin, i.e. 5p. Can they recognise the coin they need?

Maths Challenge – week beginning 29.06.20

How Many Feet?

Teach your child to measure using their feet by putting one in front of the other, heel to toe.

Leg and ankle exercise - heel to toe / tandem stance - YouTube

Can they measure objects in your house, or on your daily walk?

How many feet is:

  • your bed?
  • a rug?
  • the settee/sofa?
  • one of your toys?
  • the living room?
  • the door?
  • your house?

Which is the longest? Which is the shortest? Are any the same?

Maths Challenge – week beginning 29.06.20

Halving and Sharing

Have a go at solving these problems – you can ask an adult to read them for you.

You could draw the objects , sharing them one at a time into two separate boxes – the amount in one of the boxes at the end will be half.

For example:

Half of 4 = 2


CLICK HERE to see it bigger

Maths Challenge – week beginning 22.06.20

Don’t forget you can email in pictures of what you have been doing to Mrs Smith – check your parentmail from your Reception teachers for the address.

Missing Numbers

The early years maths activity: – Missing Number Math Activity by Planning Playtime

Write number sequences on lolly sticks or strips of paper and remember to leave some blanks in between. Next, write the missing numbers on some pegs, or mini strips of card. The best thing about this inexpensive early years maths activity is that you only create the props once and they’re ready to be used as many times as you like.

You can leave one number missing at first, and then leave two or three numbers missing.

Further challenges – can you add the two numbers together?

Start the strip from any number, i.e. 5  6  7      9  10, can they still work out which number is missing?

Key Questions:

What is the missing number?

Can you count up to the missing number?

What numbers is the missing number in between?

What is one more?

What is one less?

Can you write in/stick in/peg on the missing number?

What you need –

  • Lolly Sticks (colour or plain), or strips of card
  • Felt tips/pencils
  • Mini strips or pegs with the missing numbers written on, or just allow them to write it straight in


Smack It

The early years maths activity: – Smack the Number Counting Game by Fun Learning for Kids

Prepare some sticky notes with various numbers and place them in front of the children armed with fly swatters, or they can use their hands, or stick the on the ground and they can step on them.

Roll a dice, or call out a number and they have to hit that number.

Further challenges:

draw an amount of objects on the papers, and call out a number for them to match to.

call out an add or subtract calculation, can they touch the answer?

Key Questions:

What is one more than your number?

Can you count up to the number?

What is one less?

Can you find that many toys?

What you need –

  • Dice / Voice
  • Fly Swatter / Hand / Feet
  • Sticky Notes / Paper / Number Cards


Ideas adapted from:

Maths Challenge – week beginning 15.06.20

Don’t forget you can email in pictures of what you have been doing to Mrs Smith (Reception pupils) or Miss Young (Yr 1 pupils) – check your parentmail from your teachers for the address.

Find the other hunts each week – for Reception they are in our Creative & the World Menu – or if you are Year 1 they are in the IPC menu

Maths Challenge – week beginning 15.06.20

Can you count to 20? Can you count to 100? Practise counting as far as you can, then ask an adult or brother or sister to test you –

what is one more than…..?

what is one less than…..?

Make some number cards to 20, and ask someone to hide one away, see if you can guess which number they took? Can you do the same with 2 numbers missing?


Here you will find lots of fun games for you to play, some can be used on the tablet, and some on the laptop, or both!

Choose age 3-5 years for Early Years, or if you have completed all of these and want a further challenge, choose 5-7 years.

Click here or click the picture below.