The value of Mathematics in our society is its power to predict and explain. Young children move towards an understanding of this when they use mathematical skills with confidence, in solving the mathematical problems of everyday life.
Activities to do at Home
- sorting things into sets e.g. buttons, clothes, knives and forks etc
- counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s or any other pattern of numbers
- number activities in everyday situations e.g. how many buttons on your coat? How many more buttons on mum’s/dad’s coat? How many cars pass the house - how many red ones? How many blue ones?
- good old traditional games like ludo, snakes and ladders and dominoes are an invaluable and fun way to learn.
- looking for relationships and patterns in numbers.
- using “mathematical” words e.g. long, tall, short, big, little, wide, narrow, more than, less than etc.
- recognising and naming colours.
As part of our learning together policy we ask parents to spend some time each week working on simple mental arithmetic. It will also benefit the children if you can help them to tell the time, recognise coins and understand which coins can be used to make up sets of money.