Counting and Ordering KS1

Number Talks

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children have the opportunity to talk about what they see when they look at a number representation.

Incey Wincey

Age 3 to 5

In this game, children roll the dice and count how many steps to move the spider up or down the drainpipe.

Shopping - Pirate Poundland

Age 3 to 5

In the pirate pound shop, children can practise their counting skills by choosing ten items to spend their ten pounds on.

Number Book

Age 3 to 5

Creating a 'Book of Four' provides an opportunity for children to collect groups of four objects and consider how the groups of objects are similar.

Using Books: Maisy Goes Camping

Age 3 to 5

In this task, the book 'Maisy Goes Camping' by Lucy Cousins introduces children to the idea of using the size and number of objects to work out how many will fit in a 'tent'.

Hidden Jewels

Age 3 to 5

In this 'hide and reveal' game, children are encouraged to say the number of gems without counting them.

Number Rhymes

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, the rhyme 'Ten Green Bottles' is used to encourage children to count backwards to work out how many bottles are left.

Same Length Trains

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?

Buzzy Bee

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decorated the honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?

100 Square Jigsaw

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?

Shut the Box

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

An old game but lots of arithmetic!

Five Steps to 50

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?

Biscuit Decorations

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?

All Change

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?

Domino Sequences

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Find the next two dominoes in these sequences.

Writing Digits

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Lee was writing all the counting numbers from 1 to 20. She stopped for a rest after writing seventeen digits. What was the last number she wrote?

Robot Monsters

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Next Domino

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?

Domino Number Patterns

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you work out the domino pieces which would go in the middle in each case to complete the pattern of these eight sets of 3 dominoes?

Making Sticks

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?

Grouping Goodies

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?

Dotty Six

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.

That Number Square!

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

How quickly can you put back the numbers on the hundred square? What's the smartest way to do it?