A week of comparing height, length, width, weight and capacity.
This week we have been exploring mathematical language to describe the position of ourselves and of toys and objects. The children are doing a great job of building up their vocabulary through a range of practical activities.
There have been lots of practical activities to help the children develop a solid understanding of number at different levels to match their current understanding. We do lots of counting practise to make sure that we use one to one correspondence to count accurately and to understand that the last number said is the number in the set. We are learning to understand and use mathematical terms when comparing sets, saying which set has more, fewer, the same or equal amounts. The children also try to state without counting (subitise) quantities within 5 and make a sensible guess of bigger quantities. The concept of addition is taught by practically combining sets of objects to find how many there are in total.
The nursery children enjoy counting songs to help them understand which number is one more or one less than a number.
We are learning about 2D and 3D shape names and trying to use mathematical language to describe their properties. We began by going on a shape hunt around school.