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!”
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 email@example.com this week. We want to fill our windows with the numbers you have found as “Numbers are Everywhere”!
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.