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.
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 😊