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Reception maths

Baby genius at blackboard

Give your child a great start to maths in the first year of school.

Download hundreds of Reception maths worksheets that will help your child get to grips with the ideas of numbers and counting, addition and subtraction,  learning about money, telling the time and recognising 2D and 3D shapes and much more.


Simple sum on a blackboard
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.
Snake number line
What is a number line?
Spotted something about a number line in your child’s homework instructions, and not sure what it means? We review the basics of this amazing, adaptable educational tool and explain how it's used in KS1 and KS2 maths.
Tracy Lee Newman and her sons
'My 3-year-old knew all his times tables'
How does it feel to have an incredibly intelligent child? Tracy Lee Newman and her husband Neill, from Essex, first suspected their son Oliver might be exceptional when he was two.


Subtracting numbers using a number line tutorial
Subtracting numbers using a number line tutorial
Need some help subtracting numbers up to 10? Let our digital teacher show you how to subtract using a number line tutorial – it's easy when you know how!
Adding numbers tutorial
Adding numbers tutorial
Can you add numbers? Let our digital teacher show you how to put two numbers together to make another bigger number.
Finding one less than a number up to ten tutorial
Finding one less than a number up to ten tutorial
Do you know how to find one less than a number up to 10? Have a go at this interactive tutorial and our digital teacher will help you master this skill!


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?
Numbers 0-10: addition worksheet
Numbers 0-10: addition
Can you match the calculation on the left to the number on the right? Use your fingers to help you if you need to.
More and less worksheet
More and less
Do you know what ‘more and less’ mean? Colour in red the box with MORE cakes. Colour in blue the box with LESS cakes.
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Learning Journey

Reception Maths Learning Journey

Work through the two worksheets we recommend each week as part of the Reception Maths Learning Journey and over the course of the year your child will cover all the key topics in the curriculum for their school 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
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 check, then plan lots of numbers fun to boost their confidence.

Our Reception Maths Progress checks 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!