EYFS Maths Videos

There are two kinds of maths videos here. The school videos demonstrate to parents how numeracy is generally taught at school in the EYFS years. The home videos demonstrate how parents can reinforce or extend a child’s class learning one-to-one in the home. The short school videos were produced by the DfES. They are a great resource for parents to gain an insight into how children learn maths. For those parents who have purchased the HSC maths pack, they will be able to cross reference the home learning videos to the activities in the HSC Maths Guide. It should be noted that the videos posted here, are not an exhaustive collection (the maths guide contains over 200 possible home activities). Instead, a small selection have been provided to support parents in getting a clearer idea of how the home activities could be done.  Of course, more home videos will  be added over time. Please allow time for the videos to upload before viewing.

EYFS School Learning Video

Numeracy at School (Age 3-5)

1. Teaching and Learning in the EYFS

This DfE video clip (provided by Arts College Ltd) shows how maths is taught in the EYFS years at school. Children learn about number recognition, number ordering and calculation. Learning maths in the EYFS is done through fun practical activities often using hands on learning materials or using the immediate environment. Movement, dialogue and interaction are threaded through almost all maths activities.

2.  EYFS: Children build a number line

This DfE video clip shows how children are encouraged to explore counting 0-20 in school. The children work together to place numbers in their correct order along a ‘Washing line’. The children are engaged due to the practical nature of the activity allowing movement and exploration using hands on materials, in this case the numbers and the washing line. A similar activity can be done at home with washing line pegs, a washing line and the number flashcards 0-20 (provided in the HSC maths pack).

3.  Children construct a beanstalk

This DfE video clip shows children constructing a number beanstalk. The children place numbered leaves on a beanstalk in order.

Home Learning Videos

Home Maths Learning: Nursery (age 3-4)

The maths guide has 100 + fun home maths activities for Nursery aged children to do over the academic year. The video clips below are a small selection of the short 5-10 minute activities described within the Home School Connect Maths guide.

Counting to 10 using the castanet

Numbers: Guide Activity 1a (ii), page 16

Dhyaan can already rote count to 10 confidently. Dhyaan is now moving towards being able to count ‘clicks’ using the castanet.

Counting to 10 using the bead string and counting castanet

Numbers: Activity 1a, (iv), page 16

Johann practices matching quantities using the beadstring and castanet. Johann’s mother fixes certain amounts on the beadstring and then Johann counts the bead amounts, matching the same amount of clicks using his castanet. Then they swap roles. Johann has to listen to the number of clicks and then fix the same amount on the beadstring.

Counting to 10 using the number wheel

Numbers: Activity 1c, page 17

Ciana counts the picture quantities and then threads the lace through to the matching numeral. Children at this age are learning to count items by pointing to each object as they count (it is quite common for children to either count the same object twice, or go into ‘rote counting mode’). Parents can encourage accurate counting by simply counting together and/or guiding their child’s finger (if needed) to make sure the objects are actually being counted.


0-9 Inset Puzzle

Numbers: Activity 1d (ii), page 17

Dhyaan is quite confident with recognising the numerals 0-9 and can easily complete the inset puzzle. Dhyaan’s mother moves his understanding on by supporting him to associate the correct quantity with each numeral. They take turns to put the corresponding number of fruit (to the numeral puzzle piece) into the ‘shopping bag’.

Counting game with counters and dice

Numbers: Activity 1k, page 19

Johann and his mother play a counting game, where they win counters matching the amount thrown on a die. The winner is the player to have ‘won’ the most counters once all the counters in the bowl have run out.

Matching Dominoes

Numbers: Activity 1n (i), page 19

Johann matches all the dominoes end to end with his mother (either vertically or horizontally) until all the dominoes are used up.

Ten Green Bottles

Numbers: Activity 1o, page 19

Johann plays ‘Ten Green Bottles’ with his mother, consolidating his number knowledge 0-10.

Recognising 2D shape names and number of sides

Shape: Guide Activity 2a (iii), pg 20

Anaya plays a game where she has to identify 2D shape names by looking at shape picture cards. Anaya’s mother asks her to look at how many sides each shape has got and to pick out shapes of a certain colour or shapes with a certain amount of sides.

Drawing 2D shape patterns

Shape: Guide Activity 2a (iv), pg 20

Caitlin uses puzzle pieces to draw around shapes and create 2D shape patterns with her mother. Caitlin is encouraged to identify the shape pattern her mother starts and finishes the pattern off herself. Caitlin enjoys colouring in her design.

Identifying 2D shapes

Shape: Guide Activity 2a (v), pg 20

Dylan is confident at completing the 2D shape puzzle, so his mother challenges him to identify the shapes through touch alone, and feeling the shapes inside a bag.

Recognising and making patterns with 3D shapes

Shape: Guide Activity 2b (iv), pg 20

Caitlin shows an interest in the different 3D shapes and as she plays with them building different ‘monuments’, Caitlin’s mother shares with her the names of the different 3D shapes. They move onto to creating various patterns and sequences with the shapes and Caitlin identifies how the pattern might be continued.

3D Shapes in the environment

Shape: Guide Activity 2b, (viii). Pg 21

Lashaun sorts the 3D environmental shape cards and matches them to the respective 3D shape.

Free play with Cuisenaire Rods

Shape: Guide Activity 2d, pg 21

Lashaun makes pictures, patterns and designs with his mother using the Rods.

Positional vocabulary Shape

Guide Activity 2f (ii), pg 22

Charlotte is listening carefully to her mother and placing the dinosaurs in different positions according to her mothers instructions. Vocabulary of left, right, on top of, infront, backwards, forwards, under, behind, next to are all covered. Parents can use the ‘position, direction and movement vocabulary’ specified on page 54 when doing this activity.

Making patterns using the ladybird

Shape: Guide Activity 2h, pg 22

Lashaun copies patterns that his mother makes. Lashaun is upported to make some of the patterns symmetrical.

Building towers of different heights

Shape: Guide Activity 2g, pg 22

Anaya makes towers of specified heights using the unifix cubes and then puts them in height order, going from the shortest to the tallest tower.

Sorting vehicles according to one attribute

Shape: Guide Activity 2k, pg 22

Lashaun sorts the vehicles according to colour and also type of transport vehicle. Children can continue the task by sorting other objects (e.g. fruit, animals or dinosaurs) in similar or different ways. For example, some children may sort all the objects into ‘living things’ and ‘things that are not alive’.


Maths Home Learning: Reception (Age 4-5)

The maths guide has 100 + fun home maths activities for Reception aged children to do over the academic year. The video clips below are a small selection of the short 5-10 minute activities described within the Home School Connect Maths guide.

Counting Adventure 

Counting & Number: Activity 1b, page 23

Dylan is getting adventurous in the garden by counting outdoor objects. His mother keeps count of the totals on the whiteboard before they then go inside where Dylan double checks his counting.

Ordering Numbers 0-20

Counting & Number: Activity 1c (i), page 23

Dylan is encouraged to place the flashcards in the ‘post box’ in the correct order from 1-20. With the higher numbers, Dylan uses a visual strategy of ordering the flashcards first on the carpet. Over time Dylan will become confident with the number names too.

Ordering Number Flashcards 0-30

Counting & Number: Activity 1c (ii), page 23

Zack orders the number flashcards from lowest to highest. Children will often self correct their answers when given the time to work things out for themselves.

Counting 0-20, & counting forwards and backwards

Counting & Number: Activity 1d, page 23

Millie’s mother begins showing Millie a number on the number fan and then Millie clicks the castanet the right amount of times. Millie moves onto counting forwards and backwards with her mother (alternately) using the castanet.

Identifying highest and lowest numbers 0-20

Counting & Number: Activity 1e (i), page 23

Millie uses the 1-20 number line and animal objects to identify the highest and lowest numbers.

Sequencing numbers 

Counting & Number: Activity 1h (ii), page 24

Devan fills in the missing number in number sequences set for him by his mother. The sequence of numbers gets more challenging as he continues….

Counting spots on the ladybird

Counting & Number: Activity 1q (ii), page 25

Millie rolls the dice and places the correct number of spots on the ladybird before counting how many spots there are altogether. When counting, she is encouraged to start counting on from the larger number. Millie’s mother then uses fun math stories to engage her even more.

Domino totals

Counting & Number: Activity 1r, page 25

Zac adds up the dots on the dominoes and places them under the correct matching number card.

Adding and taking away numbers 0-10 using fruit

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3a, page 28

Zac completes simple addition and subtraction sums using fruit objects to help him, before writing down the correct answer on the wipe board.

Adding using magnetic numbers & vehicles

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3a, page 28

Anaya adds numbers up to 10 using vehicle objects and completing the sum on the wipeboard.

Counting money using pennies

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3c, page 29

Caitlin orally adds the amount of money shown by her mother on the money fan, before counting out the correct number of pennies. She does this activity with a close family friend, which makes it more fun for her. Children will often verbalise previously taught strategies to help them solve problems- notice in this video how Caitlin reminds herself to count on, starting with the biggest number first, when adding two quantities together.

Domino pairs

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3d (iv), page 29

Devan identifies which dominoes have matching totals and then pairs them together.

More, less and the same

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3e (i), page 29

Zac is encouraged to estimate which hand (or bowl) has more, less or the same amount of counters. Zac is then encouraged to check his estimates through counting.

Making squares & rectangles with rods

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3g, page 31

By using cuisenaire rods, Zac enjoys making squares and rectangles with his sister. They both order their shapes from smallest to biggest. Zac’s mother asks him specific questions on the size and position of the shapes as well as how to make the shapes bigger or smaller.

Subtraction Snake

Calculating & Problem Solving: Guide Activity 3m, pg 32

Devan and his mother play ‘subtraction snake’ practicing taking a single digit number away from 10.

Making bead patterns

Shape & Space: Activity 4d, page 34

Millie enjoys making bead patterns, ordering the beads according to the bead pattern card designs. Millie is engaged through questions and talk which stimulates further thinking around the shapes and patterns. During this ‘useful talk’ Millie describes to her mother how she differentiates between 2D and 3D shapes!

Days of the week

Measure: Activity 5g (i), page 36

Anaya correctly orders the days of the week using ‘My First Calendar’ and the whiteboard. Anaya thinks about what she does on particular days and which day she looks forwards to the most.

Reading time to the hour – o’clock.

Measures: Activity 5h, page 36

Anaya thoroughly enjoys turning the hands on the Big Time Clock to fix the correct time requested. Anaya’s mother decides to let Anaya choose her own times to display as a means to keep her engaged. Children like to have some power and sometimes do things their own way. This is fine as long as they are still engaged and learning!

Making ‘rod trains’ of varying lengths

Measures: Activity 5m (i), page 37

Charlotte uses the rods to make ‘rod trains’ of different lengths and orders them according to their size. Her mother then asks her questions to do with the train sizes and how to make them longer, shorter or the same length.


Measures: Activity 5o (ii), page 37

Devan enjoys demonstrating ‘liquid capacity’ through filling up a water bottle to different levels. He covers the concepts of ‘full’, ‘half-full’, ‘nearly full’, ‘empty’ and ‘nearly empty’ (whilst having lots to fun!)

Sorting coins

Measures: Activity 5q (i), page 37

Zac identifies the value of different coins and sorts through a bowl of coins by placing the same coins together.

Counting pennies game

Measures: Activity 5q (v), page 37

Zac plays a counting game with his dad using the dice and 1p coins (maybe 30 X 1ps). Each player takes turns to throw the dice and ‘wins’ that amount of money (pennies). The winner is the person to have ‘won’ the most amount of money.


Numeracy at home (EYFS Extension 5+)

The EYFS Maths guide has 70 + fun extension activities for Reception aged children to do over the academic year. The video clips below are a small selection of the short 5-10 minute activities described within the Home School Connect Maths guide.

Ordering number flashcards to 100

Counting & Number: Activity 1a (ii), page 39

Zac picks out 5 number cards from a pack of 0-100 and orders them from the smallest to the largest.

Identifying numbers to 100

Counting & Number: Activity 1d (i), page 39

Dylan rolls both dice to make a two-digit number and then using the hundred square, places dinosaurs on that number. Clearly with this dice game, the highest number that can be made is 66. Parents can also ‘call out’ numbers every now and again to cover numbers higher than this or to include digits 0, 7, 8 and 9.

Identifying 1 more & 1 less for numbers to 100

Counting & Number: Activity 1f, page 40

Millie places animals onto the hundred square – of numbers 1 more or 1 less than any two digit number called out. Millie then progresses to 2, 3 or 4 more/less than any two digit number.

Counting in 10′s

Counting & Number: Activity 1h (ii), page 40

Millie uses the 0-100 number line and counts in 10s by placing animals on each 10s value. Millie’s mum challenges her by asking Millie to find the number inbetween two multiples of 10. For example, in-between or in the middle of 10 and 20 (which is 15).

Identifying 10 more and 10 less using the hundred square

Knowing & Using Number Facts: Activity 2c (iv), page 41

Devan is already confident with finding one more and one less than any two digit number.  Devan’s mother therefore helps Devan to learn how to find 10 more and 10 less using the hundred square.

Number bonds to 10 using the splitbox

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3b, page 44

Anaya enjoys shaking the spit box to investigate the many ways in which the number 10 can be made. Anaya’s mother writes the various combinations on the wipeboard, introducing Anaya to the different ways of making 10.

Making 2 digit numbers using place value arrows

Calculating & Problem Solving: Activity 3e, page 44

Devan uses place value arrows to make the two digit numbers shown on the 1-100 flip. He moves on to try and make three digit numbers too!

The DfE school video clips are crown copyright and shown here under the Open Government Licence.