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This week we will be counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 20. We will also be talking about our number of the week - the number 13!





Practise counting out loud. 

How far can you count up to? Is it 20, 50 or even 100?



Counting from different numbers 


Give your child different numbers to start counting from. For example start from 5 , 9 or 12. 

You could put your number cards face down on the table. Pick one and start from counting from that number. 

If your child is confident with numbers above 20 then give them some higher numbers to start counting from.



Missing numbers 


Count out loud to your child but miss a number. Can they tell you what number you have missed?




Hide and Seek 


Play hide and seek!  Ask your child to hide a teddy somewhere in the house. Close your eyes and don't peek. Your child then has to count to see how long it takes you to find the teddy. 

Counting 1 to 20 Song

Recognising and Ordering Numbers to 20



Here are lots of ideas for how you can learn about recognising and ordering your numbers to 20. You do not have to do all of them, just the ones you would like to do.


Find the Number


Place a selection of numbers from 1 to 20 around the room or an outdoor area. You could attach each number to one of your child's toys or teddies. Call out a number sequence e.g. "10, 11, 12". Then, your child needs to stand by the number that they think comes next in the sequence (i.e., 13). Repeat this with different numbers.




Snap Challenge 


At random moments during the day, call out "snap challenge!" Hold up a number card up from 1 to 20 and have your child draw or find something to represent that number. It could be the numeral, dots, the number shape, that number of objects - it is up to them! 


Numbers on a Washing Line


Hang numbers 0 to 20 on a washing line either indoors or outdoors, with some numbers correctly placed. Count through the numbers and allow your child to correct the washing line so that the numbers are in the correct order. You could leave out some numbers and hide them somewhere around the house. Then, they need to find them to hang them on the line!


Ordering non-consecutive numbers 


Put the number cards face down on a table. Ask your child to pick three cards from the selection. Then ask them to order the number cards from smallest to the largest. Remind them that not all the numbers are there. Repeat with different selections of cards. 

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Worksheets linked to ordering and recognising numbers to 20


Some parents have requested worksheet activities. We try to make learning as hands on as possible for Year R children so please don't feel you have to complete all of these. We also understand some of you may not have printers.



If your child is working beyond numbers to 20, please have a go at one of the activities below. See what numbers they can work up to!

Number of the Week




Number of the Day 13

Learn about the number 13! What does it look like? How can we add pairs of numbers to make 13? Where is it on a number track? Have fun!

Numberblocks - Unlucky Thirteen!

As seen on CBeebies! Watch Numberblocks full episodes on BBC iPlayer: Sometimes numbers can be unlucky, find out why number thirteen i...

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