Counting to Ten

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Aims and objectives
The pupils will be able to order the numbers 1 to 10 and position them on a number track.

Previous knowledge
Pupils are familiar and can recognise numerals 1 to 10. They can count on and back in ones. They are familiar with some of the vocabulary used in comparing and ordering numbers.

In the classroom
Pupils are given a line of numbers 1 to 10. A number card appears and pupils have to drag the number card onto the matching number. If they are correct, a smiley face appears. If they are incorrect, the card snaps back and they are asked to try again. At this stage the cards appear in sequence. In the second part of the activity, the task is more difficult as the cards appear at random.

In the third part of the activity, the pupils are given a line of empty boxes. There are no numbers to help them. The pupils have to drag the number card to its correct position in the line. In this way, pupils' understanding can be fully assessed.

This activity works really well if used with an interactive whiteboard. Children can come to the board and, using their hands, drag and drop the numbers onto the number line. For whole class, or with groups of children, this provides an ideal opportunity for teachers to engage the children in talking about their decisions.

The activity comes with a set of worksheets which can be printed out for use in the classroom (see below).

Support materials description: Resource type:
In the first worksheet, Coco.pdf, pupils have to cut out Coco the caterpillar! All his parts are mixed up and they can cut and stick them into the correct order. Coco.pdf
In the second worksheet, Missing_Numbers.pdf, pupils are asked to fill in missing numbers on a variety of grids. One of the grids requires the pupils to count back in ones. This provides a good opportunity for assessment and extension. Missing_numbers.pdf
The third worksheet, Ordering_Numbers.pdf, asks pupils to compare numbers. Pupils are given a set of numbers and asked to identify the biggest and smallest numbers. Ordering_numbers.pdf

Curriculum references
Foundation Stage – Early Learning goals:

  • Say and use the number names in order in familiar contexts
  • Count reliably up to 10 everyday objects
  • Recognise numerals 1 to 9
  • Use language such as more or less, greater or smaller, heavier or lighter, to compare two numbers or qualities
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