EYFS Maths

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During the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) your child will start their formal maths learning journey. Throughout Nursery and Reception, your child will be playing with numbers every day and using a range of familiar objects to help them understand basic mathematical ideas.

You’ll find hundreds of EYFS maths worksheets, games and activities here to support learning at home, including basic skills like counting up to ten and beyond, using a number line, sharing objects into equal groups, understanding that ‘addition’ means adding on, and ‘subtraction’ means taking away, naming and describing the shape and size of 2D and 3D shapes and building models and shapes.


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Reception maths: what your child learns
It’s amazing how much your child will learn about maths in the first year of school. Here’s a rundown of the main topics so you know what to expect.
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Literacy and numeracy in the Foundation Stage
Literacy and numeracy underpin all Key Stages, so help your child get off to a good start with these top tips and resources.
Number square
What is a number square?
Do you know what a number square is and what to do with one? Here’s our parents' guide to everything you need to know about this primary-school maths aid so you can support your child when they’re working with to add and subtract in Key Stage 1.


Spot the missing numbers worksheet
Spot the missing numbers
Can you spot the missing number on the hedgehog, the balloon, the beach ball and the car? What about on the star?
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Quick counting Snap game
Quick counting Snap game
Shuffle the cards and play Snap! Place a card face-up on the table. Then take turns to form a face-up pile of cards next to it. When the number on one pile matches the picture on the other, that’s SNAP! The player who says “snap” first keeps the cards. Keep playing until one player has all the cards – they win!
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2D shapes hunt challenge
2D shapes hunt challenge
Roll the dice, then find something around your house or garden that is that shape. Draw the things you find in the chart on the next page.
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Reception Maths Learning Journey

The Reception Maths Learning Journey is a course of 40 worksheets that cover all the key topics in the numeracy curriculum for Reception Year.

By following the programme, which closely mirrors what your child is being taught in school, you’ll quickly be able to spot any topics that your child hasn't fully grasped and reinforce learning that is happening in the classroom at home. Your child will feel more confident in their own abilities and you’ll know you are giving your child the very best chance of succeeding in school.

Reception maths progress check

Reception Maths Progress checks

In Reception your child will develop the foundations of all their future numeracy work, learning to count accurately, add, subtract, order numbers correctly and use mathematical language. Find out where to support their learning at home with our Reception Maths Progress checks, then plan lots of numbers fun to boost their confidence.

The tests are designed to help you practise counting, adding 'one more' and subtracting 'one less', basic shape recognition and other key skills with your child at home. Each term’s maths check consists of 20 questions and a total of 20 marks. Work through the questions with your child and include plenty of drawing, Lego-brick counting and Smartie-eating 'subtraction' as possible!