Category Archives: Numeracy

Toddlers Construction Day

The toddlers were asked what they would like to do today and they asked for building blocks!

The toddlers spent time talking about the towers that they built, making fences for dinosaurs and building race tracks for cars.

They shared the blocks with each other and were learning how to problem solve, t turns and were very creative with their curiosity and building skills.

Well done boys and girls!

Block Play Fun!

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”.

 

Plenty of Patterns

This week in the Discovery room we are learning about patterns. We have spotted and explored patterns both indoors and outdoors

We have been learning about patterns of colours. We have been grouping the colours then making colour patterns to copy and continue.

We also used our fine manipulative skills to to trace the patterns on the board using our fingers or the pencil. We discussed the different types of pattern on each of the boards.

We used technology to help us with our pattern recognition skills. We traced then copied simple familiar patterns on the smart board using our mark making skills.

We used natural loose parts to explore the patterns we find in our environments such as shells and pine cones. We then used these loose parts to make our own pattern.

Can you spot any patterns in your home?  Why don’t you try and make some patterns using what you can find at home or even in your garden.

We love measuring!

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!”

I wonder what we will measure next… 📏⚖️😄

 

 

A Day in the Discovery Room

Through discovery, natural curiosity and imagination we have been exploring different ways to problem solve and construct a obstacle course and models.

“We can use these long bits to balance on”

“If the wood doesn’t fit we need to move the blocks closer”

 

 

“I’ve made a slide for the cars”


“mine has two eyes”

“I’m going to use all these to make a smiley face”

“These nails are the ears like mine”

 

NUMBERS EVERYWHERE- LETS COUNT

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 leaf is the smallest”

Exploring numbers in the toddler room.

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”.

This week the toddlers have been learning about numbers for maths week. We drew around MC.

First we drew around MC

This week in the toddlers we have been learning about numbers for maths week. 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.

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 😊