Monday 8th June - Maths

Date: 8th Jun 2020 @ 9:04am

Good Morning Reception! J

I hope you have had a lovely, restful weekend and are ready for a week full of learning!

Let’s warm up for today’s maths learning by completing a fluent-in-five! Make sure you write them down and keep them safe, as tomorrow I will be posting the answers!


This morning we are going to be learning how to count in twos!

When we count in twos, we skip some of our numbers to help us to count quicker, identify patterns in our numbers and learn greater mathematical concepts!

Take a listen to ‘Jack Hartmann’s ‘Dancing 2s’ count in 2s’ video below to begin!

Today, we are going to practise this by beginning to recognise objects in pairs which will help us in counting in 2s forwards and backwards.

You will need:

Obvious pairs of socks and gloves, and some odd socks

2 Number Cards (see attachment)

100-square (See attached)


Lay the socks/gloves out onto the floor or workspace. Look at all of these things. Today we are going to make some pairs and you will be learning to count in twos.

What is a pair of something?

Things make pairs because they match and have the same colour or pattern. Your first instruction is to find the pairs and identify the odd socks!

How many things make up a pair?

There are two objects in a pair. For example, we have two feet, so we need two matching socks.

Can you count the pairs? How many pairs of socks do you have all together?

Now, let’s count the socks in ones. To make counting quicker, we’re going to practise counting in twos. Point to each pair as you count, 2, 4, 6, 8…etc

Adults to extend the counting to twos to about 10 or 20 and support children in learning to recite these numbers!

Can you link the chant to numbers on the 100 square? Point to them as you count!
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20!

Using the number cards, can you match the numbers (in 2s) to each pair like the pictures below?


At the bottom of this blog, I have posted links to a 100-square and number cards to support the activity above. I have also posted some more activities linked to counting in twos if you would like an extra challenge!

Please send in pictures of your work, or even just to tell me how you found your maths learning today! I can’t wait to hear from you! Enjoy!

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