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So far this half term, we have been learning about patterns, counting, positional language and sorting. This week you can choose some activities relating to Chinese New Year to consolodate this learning. Download the document below to see pictures of the animals in the story-you can use them in your maths work.


  • What repeating patterns can you make with the animals?-for example tiger, rat, tiger, rat. What comes next? Can you make your pattern more complicated? How can you record your pattern?
  • Count the animals. How many are there? Have you got a collection of animal toys at home? How many have you got? Practise counting them until you are confident in counting up to 20 objects.
  • Put the animals in the story in the order in which they crossed the river. Who came first? Who was last? Who was 3rd? 6th? 
  • Draw a picture of the story. Which animals will you draw in the river? on the river? beside the river? If you are feeling really creative, you could make a model of the river and draw the animals/print them from the document below and hide them on the model you have made. You could then use positional language to tell someone where you have hidden them and see if they can find them!
  • How could you sort the animals? How many different ways can you find? Find a way to record how you have sorted them.
  • Make a lucky red envelope with some money inside it, like the ones children are given at Chinese New Year. Sort the coins in your envelope. Which types of coin do you have? How many of each coin do you have? Which type of coin do you have most/fewest of?

Where are the animals? Use positional language to describe where they are.

Which animal is under the tv remote?

Where is the dog?

Which animal is behind the candle?

Where is the rabbit?

Chinese New Year Counting

Watch the video to remind yourself how we count a group of objects accurately.

Chinese New Year Sorting

Watch the video to get some ideas of different ways to sort the animals in the story.