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Step On Numbers

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Step On Numbers


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:


·     identify the numbers 1-10

Target Language:

Numbers 1-10

Time needed for preparation:

45 minutes

Time needed in class:

30 minutes


Year 1

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Whole Class

Which learning institute:



one set of a4 laminated number cards 1-10 in different colours. each card has dots, the number and the number word on it.

Procedure before class:

1.       Make the set of number cards.

Procedure in class:

1.       Pupils review the numbers 1-10.

  • Hold up a card and ask the pupils ‘What number is this?’ Pupils count the dots and say the number.

2..   Pupils practise the rhyme focusing on the correct rhythm and do the actions.

  • ‘1,2,3,4 Mother mops the floor.
  • 5,6,7,8 Dogs jump over the gate.
  • 9.10 Do it again’.

3.    Place the number cards on the floor in the correct order in a line down the        middle of the class room. Pupils stand in two rows facing each other with the        number cards in the middle. Pupils stand about 30 cm back from the cards on each side.
4.    The teacher calls one number at a time in the correct order and as the pupils        hear their number, they each put their foot on it. They take their foot off        when the teacher calls the next number.
5.    Repeat Step 4 with the rhyme and actions.
6.    As above but do it faster.
7.    Rearrange the number cards so that they are in random order. Teacher and        pupils chant the rhyme and play as in Step #4.


Follow Up:

Play as above but one pupil can be ‘teacher’ calling out the numbers.

The written number words on each card are hidden with a flap of paper stuck along the top edge. Pupils take turns to come to the board to try and write the number word that the teacher calls out, for example ‘Write the word 5’. Once they’ve written their word, they self-check by lifting the flap to reveal the number word to see if they’re correct.


Team game – The number cards are shuffled and in random order. Teams compete to see which team is the quickest to sequence the cards in the correct order.

Group game - The number cards are placed in the middle of the room with pupils standing around the cards in a circle. Pupils are in groups, each group having a different coloured bean bag.   A ‘teacher’ pupil calls out a number and one pupil from each group throws their beanbag onto that number card. Points for each group who get their beanbag on the right number.




Give pupils 10 minutes each day for a week to count different things in the classroom and around the school compound. Get them to report back what they’ve found out.