Our children had lots of fun today in our garden using their wonderful imaginations to create an amazing house using our wooden blocks.
“It’s a beautiful house”
They worked together as a team to discuss where to place their blocks to make their house.
“This one is a bit heavy.” “We all worked together.”
The children discussed that “There’s lots of toys in a real house” so off they went to find some toys to put in their house.
Block play is a wonderful way of allowing children the freedom to explore, be creative and use their imaginations. Our children demonstrated great problem solving skills and teamwork when creating their house. They compared the sizes of the blocks and discussed how heavy they were to lift and how to balance them on top of each other. There was also lots of discussion of walking on the “uppers and downers” carefully so that they didn’t fall off! “Like we be careful on our stairs at home”.
During Maths Week Scotland the children were measuring each other and helped to create a height chart. We used comparative language to discuss who was the tallest, smallest and even the mediumest!
The children have continued their love of measuring into this week but are now interested in measuring by weight. We have been using the scales to find out which objects are the heaviest and have been further developing our maths skills by counting how many blocks we need to use to balance the scales.
L said, “This side is heavier.” Then after adding blocks to the other side, C said, “It’s the same now.”
L said, “The arrow is in the middle.” C said, “It’s balanced!”
To celebrate Maths Week Scotland outdoors we decided to make an autumn number tuff tray. The boys and girls were counting the dots on the wooden discs and matching them up with the number hedgehogs using their problem solving and numeracy skills. The children then counted as a group out loud the number leafs in the correct order 1-20.
“This one has 4 dots so it matches number 4”
The boys and girls started pointing out all the different sizes of leafs there were, so we started comparing the sizes, the children put in order biggest/medium/smallest.
This week we have been learning about numbers for maths week. We drew around MC for a body template and counted how many body parts we have. We have also been singing number songs and playing number games such as ”five little monkeys jumping on the bed” and ”five little speckled frogs”.
First we drew around MC
The children then painted the body
The children counted how many body parts they could find
Then the boys and girls labelled the different body parts.
The children have been interested in the bugs they’ve been finding in the garden recently.
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.
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.
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.
The children also recorded their findings using their own mathematical graphics on a simple table.
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 😊
We would like children with their parents/carers to find numbers in the local environment or inside their house. Take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org this week. We want to fill our windows with the numbers you have found as “Numbers are Everywhere”!