We have been looking at numbers 1-10 and this week we will look at how to put them in the right order and use those numbers practically. Listen to our number songs. The numbers are always in a certain order, numbers get bigger when you count on to order them like in our number line or smaller if you go backwards or count down like when a rocket is blasting off!
Take a look at our number line again. Think about the position of each number, which numbers are next to each other? Understanding the relationship between numbers helps children to begin to understand a variety of maths skills and how they relate (think number bonds, and beyond). What do you notice when you add 1 more to each number? What do you notice when you take 1 away each time from a bigger number like 10 (and beyond)? What other patterns can you find?
Go for a number ordering hunt. Use post its and randomly leave numbers around the house and in funny places like on your back, in the garden or the fridge. Get them to order numbers 1-10 (and beyond) and 10-1. Could you do this outside and paint numbers on logs, chalk them on the ground to run/skip/hop to in order? When you go out for a walk see if you can find numbers on number plates to order. What do you notice when you look at house numbers on your street or in your block of flats? Is there a pattern and does it always stay the same? Get a bowl/bucket and fill it with pasta/rice/sand/compost, hide magnetic numbers in it and fish them out in order. You could play the same game in the bath. Write numbers on your duplo bricks and make a tower counting up and one counting down . Use things like measuring tapes, rulers, etc for them to use when building. Record how long/tall/short/small is by writing those numbers. Compare your measurements to other things. Use that vocabulary to put those numbers into context.
Write numbers 1-10 with your magic finger. Those numbers definitely, absolutely, unquestionably HAVE to go in this order (unless you’re counting backwards, but you know the point I’m making). The way numbers ‘look’ is really important and getting as much exposure to this helps to develop those recognition skills, particularly as numbers get larger such as 12 and 21, the digits need to be in the right order. Write those numbers in the pasta/rice/compost/bath suds you’ve been playing with. Can you make the numbers in order with your body and fingers?
Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence