Mathematics for Reception Children
Mathematics is all about understanding and using shape, space, measures and numbers to solve everyday problems like how much sticky tape to use to fasten a parcel or the number of red balloons that would need to be bought so that there were enough for all the children attending a party. Helping children to enjoy Mathematics is probably one of the most important things that adults can do so that children realise that mathematics is a way of finding things out and solving problems.
Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:
- Shape, Space and Measures
In this aspect children learn to select the correct numeral for a task, count arrangements of objects to 10 and estimate how many objects they can see. They are encouraged to use mathematical language relating to time, position, weight, capacity and length. Children start to solve simple mathematical problems by adding two groups of objects together, saying what is one more or one less than a number and through practical activities and discussions begin to use vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting. Children are encouraged to solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing.
Shape, Space and Measure
In this aspect children begin to use mathematical names for 2D and 3D shapes and objects, describing shapes and selecting a particular named shape from a group. It is encouraged for children to describe relative position and order objects by weight, length, height or capacity. Children start to use language and vocabulary related to time and money and begin to measure short periods of time in simple ways.
At Toybox we encourage these vital skills through play especially in the sand and water areas, by looking at different sized containers, measuring and pouring. Children are encouraged to recognise shapes and patterns in pictures, as well as the everyday environment. We allow the children to conduct their own investigations such as who is the tallest so they can measure height and which is heaviest so they can measure weight. By growing their own plants they are then able to measure the time they take to grow, how tall they get and track this as well as measure how much water they need to give the plant each day. Role play shops to encourage the use of money, vets to encourage the children to think about weighing the animals and measuring them, doctors to promote an understanding of time through appointments, shape hunts in the local environment and simple addition and subtraction through helping to set tables at meal times and circle times.
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