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.