Teach primary school children how to count with this fun lesson plan

Try this fun and engaging maths activity designed to teach primary school children how to count, taken from Claire Brewer and Kate Bradley’s new book 101 Inclusive and SEN Maths Lessons for P Level Learning.

Magic Number


Whiteboard and pen for each child or number fan for each child


  • The teachers tells the children that they are thinking of a number.
  • Give the children some clues, such as ‘It is one more than three, or two times two.’
  • Ask the children to write the number on the board or find it on the number fan. After a few minutes say ‘One, two, three, show me’ and ask the class to show their numbers.
  • Everyone puts the board down and claps or stamps the total, and then takes another turn.

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