One morning, we were shocked to discover an enormous footprint in our classroom. We decided to measure how long it was by using cubes. After that, we measured dinosaur feet and used rulers and cubes to help us.
Each week, we concentrate on one number as this allows us to recognise it, use it and talk about it in great depth. We tally it, see it on a dice, recognise the numeral and even the word. We draw number stories and celebrate the mathematical markings that children make.
Our F1 Work
Numeracy Stay and Play
We went on a leaf hunt in our outdoor area. After collecting some leaves, we used them to make comparisons between quantities. We began by comparing 2 groups of leaves and finding the same quantity or finding more/fewer. We found the total number of leaves in 2 groups and some children had a go at recording, using marks to represent the leaves.
In Nursery we carry out a variety of teaching strategies to support children with their mathematical development, such as adult directed teaching, focus activities and independent exploration time. We provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, simple calculating and problem solving. We also support children in the describing of shapes, space and measures. Below are the learning objectives covered in nursery.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES 30-50 month band
We use a variety of teaching strategies to support children with their mathematical development, such as adult directed teaching, focus activities and independent exploration time. We provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, simple calculating and problem solving. We also support children in the describing of shapes, space and measures. The learning objectives covered in nursery are:
• Uses some number names and number language spontaneously
• Uses some number names accurately in play
• Recites numbers in order to 10
• Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set
• Beginning to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures
• Sometimes matches numeral and quantity correctly
• Shows curiosity about numbers by offering comments or asking questions
• Compares two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number
• Shows an interest in number problems
• Separates a group of three or four objects in different ways and begins to recognise that the total is still the same
• Shows an interest in numerals in the environment
• Shows an interest in representing numbers
• Realises not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps
Shape, Space and Measures
• Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects
• Shows awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment
• Uses positional language
• Shows interest in shape by sustained construction activity or by talking about shapes or arrangements
• Shows interest in shapes in the environment
• Uses shapes appropriately for tasks
• Beginning to talk about the shapes of everyday objects, e.g. ‘round’ and ‘tall’ll’.
The following games will support your child’s development in numeracy:
Counting, matching and ordering
Shape, Space and Measures