Focus on…Mathematics

Here at Aston Childcare I aim to provide a varied learning environment where I endeavour to cover each of the 7 areas of learning and development across the age ranges.

Today I am looking at what mathematics resources and learning experiences I provide for the children. I am always keen for new ideas and am always looking to add to my resources.

Maths skills amongst the young have been in the news a lot over recent years and OFSTED are paying particular attention on the maths teaching we provide to ensure children are being exposed to quality learning experiences.

It’s important to remember that Maths incorporates not only numbers but size, shapes, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money.

My current maths resources and activities on offer include –

  • Hopscotch mat
  • Number skittles
  • Sand and water play using containers and jugs in variety of sized and shapes
  • Baby Einstein number and shape discovery flash cards
  • Baking (using measuring and quantities)
  • Shape sorter puzzles
  • Number correcting puzzles
  • Counting balls
  • Abacus’
  • Clocks
  • Height chart
  • Number magnets
  • Variety of Books such as Oxford First Maths dictionary and See and spy shapes
  • Measuring plants such as sunflowers in the garden
  • Matching pairs numbers games
  • Dominoes
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Card games such as “UNO”
  • Everyday conversation using mathematical terms such as more/less, many/few, empty/full, heavy/light etc

The height chart is a current popular favourite and I am always keen to add resources which the children consider such fun they don’t even realise they are learning!

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