Castle Douglas Primary and Early Learning and Childcare Centre

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Activity 1 – Talking about Numbers at Home.

Focus – I notice and can talk about numbers that are around me and are special to me.

Resources – paper and pens.

Draw a large number that is your child’s age. If they wish, pupils colour it, decorate it , cut it out, copy it, find other examples of that number. Bring in to share and display with rest of the class if you like.


Activity 2 – Counting at Home.

Focus – I am beginning to ‘touch, count and move’ objects to find out how many there are.

Resources – dice or spinner, household items.

Play a simple game with your child, taking turns to roll the dice or spinner, count the spots, and collect that many buttons / pasta shapes / pennies (or whatever you have at home) from a pot until there are none left.


Activity 3 – More or Less Vocabulary at Home.

Focus – I can compare and talk about amounts of objects.

Resources – household items.

Look out for opportunities to talk about enough, not enough and more. Are there enough baked potatoes for everybody? Has everybody got enough to drink? Does the baby need more milk?


Activity 4 – How Many? Discussing at Home.

Focus – I can create my own marks and pictures to represent numbers and amounts.

Resources – household items

Look for opportunities at home to ask your child how many? e.g. fish fingers/sausages/slices of toast they want for their tea. Occasionally ask your child to show them by holding up fingers rather than answering in words.


Activity 5 – Look for Zero at Home.

Focus – I can match a written number to an amount up to about five, including zero.

Talk about the symbol for zero with your child when they come across it. For example, when 0 is used to mean ‘no minutes’ on a digital clock, 0 mph on car dashboard.


Activity 6 – Recording Numbers at Home.

Focus – I can record my understanding about numbers in my own way.

Resources – household items

Play ‘In 30 seconds’. The adult times 30 seconds on their watch and the child explores what they can do in that time, for example, how many times they can hop around the carpet, pick up beads, etc. Help your child to write the number each time.


Activity 7 – Understanding Sharing at Home.

Focus – I understand what it means to share in my everyday life.

Resources – household items

Encourage your child to take an active part in sharing out treats, however small, such as grapes, crisps, nuts, chocolates. Emphasise that talking about the sharing is important too, using normal everyday language.


Activity 8 – Counting on One at Home.

Focus – I can add on one by counting on from any given number (within 10)

Resources – household items

Count out a number of items e.g. coins, beads, matchsticks and ask your child to say the number that is one more.


Activity 9 – Counting on Two at Home.

Focus – I can count on two from any given number and relate this to adding on two.

Resources – household items

Count out a number of items e.g. coins, beads, matchsticks and ask your child to say the number that is two more.


Activity 10 – Adding within 10 at Home.

Focus – I can create the set of addition facts for each number to five.

Resources – household items

This can be played in a small group or with 2 persons. Count out a number of items e.g. beads. Players take turns to hide some beads with their hands while the other person looks away. The other person must say how many are hidden.


Activity 11 – Numbers Beyond 10 at Home.

Focus – I have explored numbers beyond 10.

Resources – board games

Play board games e.g. snakes and ladders and help your child to say the numbers their counter lands on.


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