Sunday, 18 May 2014

Maths provision revamp

With our new children coming in to the setting we have never been busier!  We have almost 100 children now and each working at a different level within every areas, not least so, mathematics.  I recently talked about how we are scaling back some of the skills we are using in maths and to support this we have changed the way we approach maths in the provision area.

This change reflects the topic, current skills, but also ensures that we push our more able children to higher levels.


Mathematics area - each item is in basket with pictures and silhouette.

Maths discovery table with random socks (diff. colours, sizes and patterns) and washing machine.

Teacher height socks in a washing line. Child to help to order on the table.

Display featuring children's work with sorting and matching. We will add vocabulary too.
Resources to support matching, comparing and sorting:

Broad beans: Beans that have numbers 1-10 written on them on one side and the array/dice dots on the other.  This encourages subitising (knowing how many without having to count).

Bumble bees bought from ebay (idea courtesy of a fellow blogger/tweeter).  Each bee has a number 1-5  on one side and corresponding number f stripes on the other.  This encouraged counting but also matching to other bees (there are two of each).  

Apples: We bought some MDF apples and painted them. I drilled holes into each apple (2 of each) and added some pipe cleaners as caterpillars. They fed the caterpillars through each apple and counted the holes. The number is written on the leaf. They match each apple to the other as well as the caterpillars. E.g. "my brown caterpillar has eaten two holes, so has yours." 

 Lady birds painted red and each one has a certain number of dots (1-10). Corresponding number on reserve. Two of each ladybird.

Butter beans with different coloured dots in permanent marker. Children are encouraged to count how many beans they can find with the same colour as well as sort and match.

Washing line of socks to encourage matching based on colour, shape and pattern. Matching socks is a common theme repeated in a game and on the discovery table.

Literature to support:

Alongside books relating to shape, colour and size we ensured we had one of our core stories and linked this to other stories by the same author. The tiny seed explains growth (again linked to our topic) and the mixed up Chameleon is perfect to talk about differences and similarities. 

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