I went to look at schools recently and when looking at reception was told that the TA was teaching maths, specifically counting in the reception playground. I had a look and indeed the children were sitting in a wooden house type thing with the TA but a few of the kids were clearly not interested and were playing with a sand pit thing and one was on a trike.
Am I being unreasonable to be concerned about this? Do children in reception get a choice about whether they are involved in teaching or not? Wondering if this was standard or a one off.
Counting isn't maths though, is it?! Sounds as if the idea is to give them a gentle introduction to the idea of counting without worrying too much if some don't seem interested. Some children don't get this at home - so they don't come to school already able to count. Maybe this is helpful for those children and the others were playing because they already know their numbers? It would be a nice way to get them up to speed without singling anyone out or making it too formal.