The starting point for all teaching and learning in the nursery is that it should always be fun. Whatever we want the children to learn, we know that unless they enjoy the activities , unless the learning is embedded in the environment and routines of the setting it will not be as successful as it could be.
We recognise the imortance of a maths rich environment where mathematical labels, signs , displays and resources are all evident. Staff cover all aspects of maths , rather than just a focus upon colours, numbers and shape. Children are taught to count, sort, match, identify patterns, solve problems, ask questions and make connections.
Nationally, boys learning in maths is now less good than that of boys according to the statistics. Staff need therefore also to consider how best to engage boys in maths activities.
Children make their own numberlines
Children practise using money by this being available in the home corner / shop / post office
Outdoors maths resources are made available eg. huge dice, skittles, hopscotch, magnetic number board
Counting songs and rhymes
Counting resources and games
Using number language and maths language as part of the usual routine of the nursery day
Encouraging estimation eg. how many sandwiches should we make for tea?
Using maths to solve everyday problems
Using language around measure
Staff recognise the importance of embedding maths in their everyday practise and offering it to children as a matter of course on a daily basis. They are aware of the need to make resources accessible and attractive to the children.
Number puzzles. Shape and Space
Counting one to one correspondence