This area of the curriculum involves providing children with opportunities to expand and improve their skills in counting, using and recognising numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, describing and talking about shapes and using mathematical words to talk about measures. Children will develop a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics and have an enthusiasm for the subject.

How can parents and carers help?

  • Look at objects and find out which is the longest, tallest, thickest, thinnest, heaviest, and lightest.
  • Describe where something is by using ‘positional language’ e.g. under, over, on top, behind, next to etc.
  • Sort toys and objects, e.g. put all of the green bricks together, put all of the dinosaurs with spikes in a group, sort socks into pairs.
  • Find shapes whilst you are walking around the local area.
  • Develop capacity skills in the bath, fill up different sized containers, are they full, empty, half full?
  • Develop weighing skills by baking with your child and weighing the ingredients.
  • Talk about different times of the day, e.g. in the morning we eat breakfast, when it gets dark we go to bed.
  • Count up to 10 and beyond. Count the number of mangos in the fruit bowl. Count the number of stairs. Count the number of plates you need to set the table.
  • Give your child groups of objects and count them. How many do you have? Take two away. How many do you have now? If I gave you three more, how many would you have?
  • Sing number rhymes, e.g. one two three four five once I caught a fish alive, ten green bottles, five fat sausages.