Number Recognition to 10

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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. Pupils will be able to read and write the number names up to 10. 

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
The first part of the activity is a teaching activity.  Pupils watch as number names appear on the screen.  The names are read out while the matching numeral is highlighted.

The second part of the activity asks the pupil to read number names and click on the matching numeral.  At this stage number names appear in sequence.

To fully assess the pupils' understanding, the third part of the activity shows number names at random.  Again, pupils have to click on the matching number.  The more correct answers a pupil makes, the more praise they receive. 

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, the pupil is asked to match the number names on the left hand side of the page to the matching numerals on the right hand side. This can be done simply by drawing a line between the two. Match_10.pdf
The second worksheet gives the pupil the number names and asks them to write in the matching numeral by themselves. Read_10.pdf
The third worksheet gives the numeral but asks the pupil to spell the matching name. Number name posters in the classroom can help any pupils experiencing difficulty. Alternatively, more able pupils might enjoy designing a similar worksheet for number names up to 20. Spell_10.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
Key Stage 1 - Numeracy Strategy:
  • Count reliably at least 20 objects
  • Count on and back in ones from any small number…
  • Read, write and order numbers from 0 to at least 20…
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