Sorting and Comparing - Reception Maths Mastery Planning (Autumn term, week 9)

This hands-on unit of work will have your Early Years children sorting and comparing like masters in no time! This unit has been placed in the Autumn term as sorting should be taught early on. It helps children to look at relationships and attributes, as well as how rules apply to sets. Further down the line, children who can sort confidently have one of the building blocks for algebraic thinking securely in place.

The planning focuses on the 40-60 months EYFS framework statement of using the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare sets. This understanding of bigger and smaller numbers will lay the foundations for the mental number line that children will develop as they progress as mathematicians.

A range of varied and engaging opportunities are planned to sort objects and to compare the sets produced based on number of objects. The planned activities can be presented as part of your enhanced provision, or as a dedicated ‘Numbertime’ session. The planned inputs and focus activity should be delivered to mixed ability groups so that all children are exposed to the same rich language and ideas.

Included in this download are:

  • A detailed planning document
  • A suggested long-term maths mastery plan
  • A printed resources file to support the planning
  • Key ideas and common misconceptions
  • A focus activity
  • A range of independent activities and notes on progression
  • Key questions for adults working with children
  • ‘Keep up’ support ideas
  • Greater depth challenges
  • Prompt cards detailing key questions and extensions for each activity
  • A PowerPoint to introduce reasoning in the context of comparing numbers

If you’re interested in more maths mastery resources, try:
Pattern - Reception Maths Mastery planning
Subitising game - Little Red Riding Hood (free resource)

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  • Unit-3-Sorting-and-Comparing---Reception-Maths-Planning.pdf
  • Unit-3-Sorting-and-comparing---printed-resources.pdf
  • Comparing-numbers---reasoning.ppsx
  • Activity-prompt-cards.png

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Created: Jul 17, 2019

Updated: Oct 6, 2019

Unit of work

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Game, puzzle, quiz

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