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mumsboy Tue 18-Oct-11 15:22:53

hi mums
my son goes to reception and the term is almost over and i notice that there seems to be no maths work at all he is getting on in english but maths i hv got no idea i am really worried . how much can mums work on at home ? if i a m teaching everything then whats the need of the school ?

Avantia Tue 18-Oct-11 15:32:18

Well the term is not over it is HALF term so the reception children are only 7 weeks into the Autumn term.

I would imagine that by now you would be having your first parents evening - if not have a chat with teacher after school if you do pick up.

You need to speak to teacher.

BarbarianMum Tue 18-Oct-11 16:04:16

....also remember that:
- a lot of reception maths is stealth maths so your child won't be aware they are doing it and they probably won't have a maths book
- when questioning your child you need to use the correct terminology (at ds1's school they do 'number sentences' not 'sums') or your child will deny all knowledge
- your child may just deny all knowledge anyway and tell you about more interesting things, like the construction area.

Seriously relax. As far as I could ascertain from ds1 he did no numeracy at all in reception. Yet by the end of the year he could reliably count and order past 100, add, subtract - count in 2s and 5s etc. Building blocks must be very educational.

crazygracieuk Tue 18-Oct-11 18:06:54

Loving "stealth maths" !!!

mrz Tue 18-Oct-11 18:14:43

In reception I would expect to see games and activities to help develop mathematical understanding and language

Number recognition and counting
• Use a pegged number line for counting, matching, missing number and jumbled up number games.
• Make a moveable number line using yoghurt pots. Label the pots with numbers. Children choose correct number of objects to put inside each pot and place in order.
• Make a vertical number line, using the children's handprints.
• Make a tactile number line using materials such as sandpaper, fur, cord, velvet etc. for a multi-sensory approach.
• Label attractive boxes with different numbers. Children place correct number of natural objects in each box e.g. shells, fir cones, conkers, feathers
• Place a few wooden/plastic numbers in a feely bag. Can children pull out a given number by feel only?
• Place wooden/plastic numbers in separate envelopes. Slowly pull them out one by one to reveal a small part of the number. How soon before the children can guess what the number is?
• Hang number cards on a mug tree. Can children hang the correct number of objects on each mug peg? Use scrunchies, rubber bands, bracelets, curtain rings
• Hang numbered pockets on the wall. Children place correct number of items in each pocket.
• Thread correct number of cotton reels/beads on to numbered laces.
• Hold a small number of marbles in your hand and slowly drop one by one into a covered container. Children listen carefully and tell you how many you dropped in.
• Show a number of objects on the floor. Cover them up. Can the children remember how many?
• Go for a number walk with a number card. See how many times the children can see that number e.g. on a bus, shop, menu, house, car
• Go for a number walk and take photos of numbers in the environment. Make a display of the photos.
• Collect examples of numbers on packaging, magazines, labels etc. from the environment and set up a display.
• Stick a number on each side of a box/tin. Children clip the correct number of pegs to each side of the container.
• Hide pieces from a number jigsaw around the room. Children have to go and find the pieces, bring them back to a central point and help put the jigsaw together.
• Label bikes and create numbered 'parking bays'. See if the children can park their bikes in the correct bays.
• Play musical instruments behind a screen a certain number of times. Can children tell you how many bangs on the drum, shakes of the maracas etc?
• Play an instrument a certain number of times. Can the children play their instrument the same number of times?
• Sing and act out number rhymes and songs.
Sand, water and malleable materials
• Find foam numbers in water or sand
• Make numbers out of playdough
• Draw numbers with fingers in shaving foam/paint/gloop
• Catch given numbers of floating objects in nets.
• Fill and empty a variety of containers (tall, short, thin, wide, large, small etc.) with water, sand or materials such as lentils and rice.
Creative Area
• Make models with different sized, shaped, coloured and textured boxes and materials.
• Print with different shaped objects.
• Collage large numbers and shapes.
Cooking and snack time
• Make number shaped biscuits
• Stick certain number of currants/chocolate drops etc. on cakes/biscuits
• Make a recipe book using pictures and numbers of cupfuls/spoonfuls needed for each recipe.
• Make menus with prices, for the role-play cafe.
• Cut up fruit into segments and portions. Talk about halves, quarters and shapes.
• Encourage children to pour drinks for themselves.
• Share out biscuits/fruit together with the children.
• Count out fruit, biscuits, drinks
• Knock over numbered skittles
• Throw large dice and clap, jump, hop catch ball etc. correct number of times
• Throw correct number of beanbags into numbered containers
• Jump along numbered carpet tiles in order from 1-5/10
• Use large chalked shapes on the ground. Throw a shape dice, children run to correct shape. A harder version would be to add colours so children have to run to the red square, the green circle etc.
• Throw correct number of quoits over numbered cones.
Measuring and time
• Draw round hands and/or feet and cut out. Use for measuring activities and games.
• Give children a length of string, fabric or a ruler. How many things can they find that are longer/shorter?
• Place some pegs in a line on a pegboard. Can children add or take away pegs to make the line longer/shorter?
• Give children different sized containers. See how many conkers, cones, shells etc. they can fit inside them.
• Use role-play to encourage the children to find things to fit e.g. the right sized hat, belt, bag, container etc.
• Make a time line with photos of what the children do in the day e.g. register, snack, outdoor play ... encourage them to refer to it during the session.
• Use a sand timer at tidying up times in order to help children learn about the concept of time.
• Collect flat and 3D shaped items from the environment and make a display e.g. tins, food packets, money
• Stick a large favourite picture on to a piece of card. Cut into two or more shapes according to the ability of the child and see if they can put the picture together again.
• Carefully cut/break for example a toothpaste box, a flowerpot (watch edges) into pieces. Can the child put the item back together again?
• Play with flat shapes on the floor and find which are the same and which fit together.
• Cut sponges into different shapes and use to print shape pictures.
• Place shapes into a bag. Ask children to pull out a circle, a square, a curvy shape, a straight shape etc. by feel only.
• Go on a shape walk. Take a shape with you and look for that shape in the environment.
• Use shapes freely to make own pictures and patterns.
• Make shape biscuits.
• Make shapes with playdough.
• Mark out large shapes on the floor. Children run round to music and go and stand inside a given shape when the music stops.
• Children march/dance round to music. When the music stops, they make a shape with their body.

StarlightMcKenzie Tue 18-Oct-11 18:27:58

That list exhausts me.

I'm home educating a Reception age child and we just get him to share things out with his sister, cut things in half, read bus numbers, count in time to music, dictate how many 'rewards' he will earn for doing a task and keep track of them. Talk about numbers of sides and corners on 2d and 3d shapes. For some odd reason my DH has taught him to do addition and subtraction in binary (he's an engineer). Keep track of how many sweets he has eaten and how many are left. Learn some of the 'values' of coins (his own interest) etc.

mrz Tue 18-Oct-11 18:42:10

That's the thing StarlightMcKenzie Maths is everywhere if you know where to look and it's not just about sitting down and "doing sums"

I like this article as it demonstrates how one good toy develops concepts

StarlightMcKenzie Tue 18-Oct-11 18:50:18

Oh and we sometimes make nets because ds is facinated by them.

His Grandad used to be a bit obsessed and took him to the science museum to look at polyhedrons hmm

StarlightMcKenzie Tue 18-Oct-11 18:51:54

That's a great article mrz.

sittinginthesun Tue 18-Oct-11 18:52:00

Mrz, that is a fabulous list!

I also have a child in Reception. I hear stories about making currant buns in the sandpit, and numbering them, and hunting for 3D shapes.

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