10.09.2018 - 5 Little Speckled Frogs
This week we have been learning lots of different number rhymes.
Our Key Worker activity has been linked to the song '5 Little Speckled Frogs'. The children were encouraged to help sing along to the song with Miss Quayle and Mrs Twiss and count how many frogs were left on the log after one hopped away. We will continue to use number rhymes in our upcoming Key Worker activities.
Our next activity will be linked to the song '1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive'.
Here is the link for the song that we have also been using in class;
17.09.2018 - 1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught A Fish Alive
This week we have been focusing on number names and reciting numbers to 10. We have been using the song '1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive' to support us in counting the objects.
During our Key Worker activity, we counted the fish as we sing the song together. We focus on touching each fish as we count one more. We extend the song and use our fingers to practice counting to 10.
During Continuous Provision, we followed the print with our fingers. We use the song sheet to sing along together and practice reciting the numbers correctly.
During Key Worker time, the children have completed the activity and are joining in with the song on the board. We talk about what we can see and make links to our own experiences.
24.09.2018 - 3 Little Pigs
This week we have been using the song '3 Little Pigs Went Out One Day' to help us with our counting. Here we are counting the animals in the field during our Key Worker activity.
Over the past few weeks we have been reinforcing that we always;
- start counting from number 1
- add one more each time we count and touch the next object
- stop counting at the last object because we have no more
Here is the link for the '3 Little Pigs' song that we have been using to support our activities this week;
Here we are following the instruction during our Maths Key Worker time to jump into each hoop and count one more. Mrs Twiss supported her Key Worker group in counting "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10" whilst jumping through the hoops.
01.10.2018 The Leaf Man
This week we have been using the story 'The Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert.
We have been exploring the natural Autumn resources to help us with our counting and awareness of shapes. We have been counting the leaves that have fallen off the trees in our outdoor area and singing a range of songs such as '5 Little Leaves'. We have continued to focus on touching each leaf as we count one more along the line of leaves. We have also been focusing on looking at the features of the leaves and talking about we can see i.e. ‘pointy’, ‘curved’, ‘straight’ and so on.
08.10.2018 The Three Billy Goats Gruff
This week we have been using the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff to help us with our counting. We used some grass, a bridge and three billy goats to re-tell the story. However, our focus was to check how many billy goats there were altogether when they had moved over the bridge and into the field. We modelled the language "there are still three!". We discussed that even though the objects had moved we still had the same amount "altogether".
5 Little Men In A Flying Saucer
This week we have been listening to the song '5 Little Men in a Fying Saucer'. We have been singing along and using our fingers to take one man away each time they fly away. The children have enjoyed saying 'whooooosh' each time they take a finger down when a man flies away.
15.10.2018 The Gingerbread Man
This week w'e have been enjoying the traditional tale 'The Gingerbread Man'. We have been singing the song '5 Gingerbread Men' and using our fingers to take one away. Please see the link below to sing along at home.
During our Key Worker activity this week we have also been flying our 5 spacemen around in their saucer and using our fingers to take one away. The children were encouraged to take turns taking one man away and count how many were left altogether.
29.10.2018 - Jack and The Beanstalk
This week we have been reading the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.
We counted magic beans together during our focused Key Worker time and then encouraged the children to use them independently in our playdough area. We focused on separating the beans into two groups, recogising when both groups are the same.
05.11.2018 - We're Going on a Bearhunt
This week we have been focusing on the story We're Going on a Bearhunt". During our maths Key Worker activity we were helping our owl friends to find the same amount of stones from the river in the story. We rolled the dice to find the correct amount of stones for our first owl. Each child was then encouraged to find the same amount of stones for owl 2.
07.01.2019 - 2D Shape
This week we have been exploring 2D shape.
The children were encouraged to discuss the triangle and circle in our special bag. Our emphasis was on feeling and discussing what each shape looked and felt like. We learnt that all 2D shapes are flat (like a pancake). We also learnt that triangles have 3 pointy corners and 3 pointy sides. We explored how the circle was different - it was round.
The children were then encouraged to find the same shapes within the outdoor learning area. In continuous provision, the children were encouraged to explore the 2D and 3D shapes and sort them into 'flat' and 'bulky'
2D Shape Continued - 14.01.2019
This week we continued our exploration of 2D shapes. We carried on from comparing circles and triangles to comparing circles and rectangles. We went on a shape hunt in the outdoor area to find the hidden 2D shapes! The children enjoyed exploring the box of shapes within Continuous Provision and were able to independently sort them into 2D and 3D piles.
Number - 21.01.2019
This week we have been learning about more people that help us - paramedics. We watched a video of the ambulance crew and used this to later support our maths activity.
The children were encouraged to select a number card from the carpet and find the correct amount of objects from the first aid kit to match. We focused on numbers 1-5 and used 5-10 to challenge the more confident children.
We looked at the formation of each number and talked about how this helps us to find the correct number, for example; "number one is a straight line down".
Shape continued - 28.01.2019
This week we were continuing our exploration of 2D shapes. During our Key Worker session the children were encouraged to sort the 2D shapes into 'flat' sides and 'curved' sides. We then explored the 2D shapes in continuous provision to create our own pictures.
Next week we will be sorting the 2D and 3D shapes.
Number recognition - 04.02.2019
This week we have been singing 'The Wheels on The Bus' and counting how many are getting off the bus. The children were encouraged to roll the dice and then match the correct amount of people to take off the bus. Our main focus was to identify the total amount of people altogether. Miss Quayle and Mrs Twiss modelled the language involved i.e. "1,2,3. 3 people got off the bus".
11.02.2019 - 5 Little Puffer Trains
This week we have been singing the song 5 Little Puffer Trains (above).
During our Key Worker activity we placed 5 trains on the track and sang the song. Each time we took a train away, the children were encouraged to count how many we had left - how many 'altogether'.
The adult reinforced that the last number we counted tells us how many we have altogether i.e. "1,2,3, we have 3".
25.02.2019 - 5 Currant Buns
This week we have been singing the song above. We have been using our fingers and taking one away as we sing. The children have demonstrated good counting and we have been working on our understanding of how we know the answer i.e. "3 is one less than 4".
At the end of the song we have been discussing that there on "none" and "no more left". Miss Quayle has been explaining that when we say "zero" is means the number "0" - so we must say "none" instead.
04.03.2019 - Counting Pancakes
This week we have been counting pancakes!
We use the dice in our Key Worker groups to find the correct amount of playdough pancakes.
These pancakes were then shared between the group and we had to count how many we still had 'altogether'.
We also counted how many pieces of fruit were in our pots when we enjoyed our Pancake Breakfast on Shrove Tuesday.
11.03.2019 - Counting Beans
This week we have been learning about beans!
In our Maths sessions we have been sharing out the beans and working out how many we still have 'altogether'. We rolled the dice and had to recognise the numbers before we could find the correct amount of beans. We used the number line to help us.
18.03.2019 - Counting to 10 and beyond
This week we have been singing the song 'Teddy Bears' Picnic'.
We used this song to support our Maths activity. We set up a picnic for our Teddy Bears and found them the correct amount of food. Our focus was on counting 10 pieces of food or more. The adults supported the children by modelling how to count correctly with numbers past 10.
Our 30 hours children were encouraged to make a necklace with some special 'jewels' using ten or more pieces.
25.03.2019 - 10 Fat Sausages
This week we have been singing the song '10 Fat Sausages' to support us with our learning.
During our Key Worker sessions we were singing the song and taking the sausages (wooden logs) away each time, counting how many were left. When the sausages were all gone, each child had a go at putting the correct amount of sausages back in the pan. Some children were able to count 10 sausages and more!
The children were then encouraged to continue their learning outside!
We made our own BBQ and cooked our sausages. Our focus continued as counting objects to 10 and beyond.
23.04.19 - Wheels on the bus
This week we have been singing the song 'Wheels on the bus' to support our Maths activity.
We have been focusing on counting to 10 and beyond. We sang our song in each key worker group, moving the bus around the circle and then counting how many people were waiting at the bus stop to get on the bus.
We challenged some of our children to count all of the people which was tricky as there were 15 people altogether. We used our number lines to help us.
23.04.19 - Old MacDonald Had a Farm
This week we have been singing the song 'Old MacDonald had a farm' to support our Maths activity.
We have been continuing to focus on counting to 10 and beyond. We sang our song in each key worker group, moving the farmer and his animals around the field and then counting how many animals were left waiting in the field by the time we had finished singing.
We challenged some of our children to think which way we could count the animals to make it easier - we put them in a line! We used our number lines to help us when we found it tricky.
05.05.19 - Miss Quayle has a train
This week have have continued counting to 10 and above.
The children were encouraged to sing the song;
Miss Quayle has a train e i e i o
With a choo choo here and a choo choo there
Here a choo, there a choo, everywhere a choo coo
Miss Quayle has a train e i e i o
20.05.2019 - How Many Altogether?
This week we have been using the baby clothes to count how many altogether.
We used the number fans to find the correct amount of clothes for pile 1. We then repeated this and found the correct amount of clothes for pile 2. Then we worked out how many we have 'altogether'.
We knew to put the clothes into a line to help us.
We also used the number lines 1-20 to help us.
We have also been singing the song '10 Little Airplanes'.
This has been linked to our theme of Holidays this week.