The Foundation Stage follows a programme called Little Big Maths. Little Big Maths is a systematic approach which takes small steps to build children’s confidence and keeps number work fun.
You can help your child at home by practising:
*Chanting numbers – try singing along to some of these songs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diMJIlv-4N0 (Pancake Manor Counting to 10)
ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ir_l7qTiZ4 (Once I Caught A Fish Alive)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0dJWfQHF8Y (Big Number Song)
*Reading and ordering numbers – start small with lots of repetition
*Counting objects carefully – encourage your child to touch or move objects to help them.
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting (counting under the sea creatures)
*Doubling numbers – ask your child how many arms do you have? How many on each side? Let's have a look at our fingers, how many on each hand? How many all together? Help your child to find out other doubling facts, 3 and 3, 4 and 4 etc.
*Halving facts – if your child knows that five fingers and five fingers make 10, how about having a go at halving. Take one hand away and half of 10 makes five. Maybe you could learn some other halving facts together?
There are lots of other ways that you can bring learning about numbers into your child’s everyday life. Here are some other ideas which you might like to try:
Laying the table for dinner – how many people? How many plates/knives/forks do you think we will need?
Look for numbers in the environment with your child, for example, house numbers, television channels and telephone numbers.
Play games such as: What time is it Mr Wolf?, hop scotch, snap, snakes and ladders etc. Who won? Who came second, third, fourth etc?
Playing outside, ask questions such as 'can you find me five big leaves and five small leaves?' Let's collect three sticks and order them according to size.
Use the internet; there are lots of engaging games which your child will enjoy. You will find some at CBeebies. All of these activities will help to boost your child’s confidence in numbers and to keep learning fun.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your child’s progress, please speak to your child’s teacher.