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WestlandsFirst School

Math - Number & Shape, Space & Measures

Children have many opportunities to enjoy maths through play.

Here are just some of the opportunities which we provide:

  • Sand and water - Using  terminology such as light, heavy, empty, full and asking  the children how much sand a container will hold. Encouraging children to make shapes and patterns, providing  boxes and comparing the weight and quantities in each.
  • Use of language - We encourage the use of mathematical terminology around our setting to describe different objects; long, short, big, small etc. Involving parents in this can also help as they can look at their home environment to develop their language.
  • Play dough - The use of play dough can again, develop mathematical language; short, fat, thin etc.  Asking  children to make shapes that are 3D, not just flat objects.
  • Role Play - Simple activities such as having the children act out a tea party and laying the table can help develop counting skills