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Week Beginning 25.1.21


This week we are introducing the number 10. We will focus on the recognition of the number 10, counting out 10 objects from a larger group and representing 10 in different ways.


Activity 1 -Monday

Watch the PowerPoint 'All About the Number 10'.

Work through the slides together, encouraging your child to count the objects on screen carefully and talking about the different representations of the number 10.

Can they count out 10 items from around the house? Ensure careful counting and encourage them to touch each object as they count it to ensure 1 to 1 correspondence. This could be done as part of their everyday routine. For example, when tidying away their toys or helping to set the table, etc.

Can the children identify objects grouped in 10's? Take a look at this I Spy poster and see which patterns show 10. Look for the 10 frames or 2 groups of 5.

I Spy number 10

Activity 2 - Tuesday

Watch Numberblocks number 10 episode.

Practise counting forward and back to 10. (Note it is important that your child can count backwards as well as forwards.) Singing rhymes such as Ten Green Bottles or joining in with counting stories, for example Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland, will help your child to do this in a fun and meaningful way. Links to both are included below.

Your child may also like to build their own rocket using Lego, building blocks or empty packaging. They could start at 10 and countdown to blast off.

Ten Green Bottles rhyme

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland

Activity 3 - Wednesday

Watch the video of Mrs Fortune showing how to correctly form the number 10. Encourage your child to practise the correct formation either on paper or on a whiteboard if you have one at home. Ensure that your child knows the importance of placing the 1 before the zero. Pay particular attention to the formation of the zero, ensuring that they start and stop at the top in the correct place.

Number 10

Still image for this video

Ten Pin Bowling game

Encourage your child to keep score when playing a game by drawing marks or writing numbers. A simple game to consolidate counting to 10 and explore the different ways that the number 10 can be represented is ten pin bowling. Collect 10 objects from around the house. These could be a combination of toys or plastic bottles or cups. Stand the objects up in a ten pin bowling formation.  Take it in turns to bowl a ball and knock down the ‘pins.’ As the game is being played encourage mathematical talk by discussing how many have been knocked down and how many are left standing.

Activity 4 -Thursday


Watch this Numberblocks about 10, discussing the different Numberblocks that go together to make 10.

Complete the number 10 activity sheet and upload it to Google Classroom. If you don’t have a printer, simply practise writing the number 10 on a piece of paper and complete the counting activities using drawings or practically using objects that you have at home.

Activity 5 -Friday


In class, the children really enjoy joining in with songs and dances.  Here is one for them to sing along with which practises subitising to 10.

Subitise to 10 song

Try working through the PowerPoint to subitise the counters that you can see on each slide. Look for patterns and groups that make it easier to recognise quickly.

After you have worked through the PowerPoint you could make up your own subitising activity using items from your own house. You could arrange them in different ways and see how quickly you can identify how many are there. Keep within 10 as this is the number that children in EYFS have to become really familiar with. 

About Subitising

Young children have a remarkable skill: they can recognise numbers of things without counting. This is called subitising and it develops from a very early age. Subitising is an essential part of developing early number sense as it helps children to relate numbers to actual items or groups of items. It is not uncommon for children to learn to count by rote but they do not always understand the meaning behind what they are doing. By looking at groups of items, children can start to develop an understanding of how a number is made up: for example, seven dots could be a set of three dots and a set of four dots, or a set of six dots and one dot. This understanding of part-part whole relationships helps children to separate and combine numbers and accelerates understanding of addition and subtraction.


Your child may also enjoy making their own number scrap book. Pictures could be cut out or drawn to make a page for each number 1 -10. How many different ways can they find to represent each number?