In maths, we have been securing our number sense of numbers 1-5 and beyond. Can you show your grown-ups how to count with your fingers? Remember our little rhyme? Here's a video to help you:
“I can count, want to see?
Here’s my fingers – 1, 2, 3…
Four and five, this hand is done,
Now I’ll count the other one!
6 and 7, 8 and 9…
Just one more, I’m doing fine!
The thumb will make it up to 10,
Now I’ll count them all again!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!
Number flashcards: https://youtu.be/J8fj-7n0oyA
Children can watch the above video every day to practise their numbers. Can they show the number using their fingers? Which is the highest number? Which is the lowest? How do we know? Can you prove this to your adult by showing the correct number of fingers?
Activity: Make your own number line
Can children draw/ make their own number line physically with items from around the house?
Can you move across the number line, saying the numbers in the correct order? Is 2 more than 1? How do we know? Look at the representations. Tell me a number higher than 3… Which number is in between 2 and 4?
We have also been looking at ‘subitising’ which is one of our important Woodside Words. This means looking at an arrangement of items/ dots and knowing how many without counting!
Can children make their own cards at home by writing the numbers and drawing the correct amount of dots on to pieces of paper li the ones below and cutting them out?
Can you match the pairs with your grown-ups? Place all cards on the table (dots on one row, numbers on another). Take turns to match the correct number with the amount of dots. Your grown-ups can help you select the correct number if this proves tricky. You could even make this game harder by turning the cards face down and taking turns to try and match a pair from memory! Who will be the winner?
Can you find the hidden treasure? For this next game you will need 3 cups/bowls/pots and small items e.g. conkers/coins/hair clips/marbles/cereal! Hide different amounts of treasure under each cup. Count out the items under each cup. Watch carefully as your grown up shuffles the cups quickly. Can you guess where the cup with ‘3’ items is now? How many would there be under the cup if they secretly added another item to it?
Parents: encourage your child to guess how many items there are as you quickly lift the cup. Can they check if they were correct by counting the items 1 by 1? Can they work out one more or one less if you add one/take one away without showing them the total amount?
Fill the box game: For this game, you will need your number cards and 2 boxes/baskets/ bowls/cans. Parents: (The bigger your box, the harder to fill and longer the game will go on for!) (For smaller boxes, children have to think carefully about which small items can fit inside)
Using your number cards 1-5, turn them all face down on the floor. Parent and child take turns to turn over a number card. Who has the bigger number? The person with the biggest number has to race to get that many items from around the house to fit in their box. Turn over again and repeat… Who will fill their box fastest? Who will have the most items? (NOTE: It won’t always be the most items that fill the box fastest – talk about size of objects ‘bigger’ and ‘smaller’)