Numbers are everywhere! Exploring length

The children have been interested in the bugs they’ve been finding in the garden recently.

Look a wiggly worm

To extend their learning, last week we brought a mini beast hunt indoors using autumn leaves collected by some children on a local walk. They enjoyed learning the names of the different bugs, exploring textures and role playing with them. This week we’ve added some calipers to allow the children to explore the concept of measuring and length.

It’s 7
It’s up to here

In the early years when maths is explored during play it becomes more powerful, allowing children to apply their growing knowledge and build lifelong understanding.

It’s 11, it’s bigger

 

I saw a spider

The addition of callipers allowed the children to explore their mathematical potential freely; using the language of length and size, comparing lengths, identifying  and writing numbers.

I’m going to try the bee
Is it longer?

The children also recorded their findings using their own mathematical graphics on a simple table.

It’s 10 again
Exploring writing numbers

I wonder what the children will measure next?

Please share any pictures of your children using these skills at home so we can print them off and share with their friends 😊

 

Numbers Everywhere – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

To celebrate Maths Week in the Studio, the children chose the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We focused on counting how many pieces of fruit he ate. The children had fun drawing all the fruit, counting them as they went and also practising writing numbers. Then, as a treat for all their hard work, they got to watch the animated story.


“I drew five oranges.”

“Look at my apples.”

“I’ve got three plums.”

Bye bye Forest!

Our final day in the forest today and the sun shone for us. After a frosty start it turned into the perfect autumnal day, we saw brambles, rose hips and lots of leaves that were starting to get their brown autumn coats. To warm ourselves up we thought hot chocolate and marshmallows would be the order of the day to finish off our Forest adventure. I don’t think we were the only visitors to the forest who wanted some yummy hot chocolate!

 

Let’s Discover Autumn

This week in the discovery room the children have been learning about Autumn.

We enjoyed making autumn pictures and learning new autumn poems and songs!

We used the smart board to colour in leaves ….

We counted and identified numbers by counting the number of spots on the lady bird and matched them with the number leaves.

We enjoyed listening to the story leaf man.

 

We’re going on a local walk!

In the home room this week we decided to take advantage of the nice day and go for a walk around our local environment.

The children were looking for different colours and numbers that they could find and they were also collecting different autumn materials as this is what they have shown an interest in talking about: autumn and the leaves changing colours.

N and E spotted numbers on the postbox as we were walking past…

”I found number 9”
”number 7 Linzi!”

The children noticed from a distance that they could spot a house that stood out from all the rest, can you tell which one?!

”There’s a yellow house it’s so big”

I and R spotted numbers on a fence as we were walking past, do you know what numbers they are?

”I can see a 9 and a 3, what does that make?”

D and A were using mathematical language and conversation  at the top of the hill saying that ”we are so high up look how far up we came”

Most importantly, we were making sure we looked left and right and listened and looked for cars coming to ensure that we all crossed the road safely!

 

 

The Studio Band!

Today in the Studio the children were experimenting with music! One child had been talking about pipe bands and playing the “big drums”.  We put pipe band music on the active board for the children to listen to and watch. They then had a shot of playing the instruments and tried to play and march in time to the music. The drums were definitely a favourite choice! Playing the drums is calming for children. Playing musical instruments allows the children to express their emotions and develop their coordination whilst having great fun! The Studio band was very loud and great fun was had by all!