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Hi everyone

we have been invited by the rest of the school to take part in Maths week. Has anyone done this before and if so have you any ideas of how best to go forward with this in Nursery? We would like to be able to send activities home (unfortunately we can't invite parents in as they are already coming to another workhop in a couple of weeks).

Would love some inspiratation to get us started :o

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Guest LornaW

What about activities like counting songs, shape hunts and maths through stories such as the following:-


Number and calculation


Adams, P House that Jack built

Ahlberg, A Jolly postman

Mystery tour

What’s in the shop?

Anderson, S Backseat’s special day

Armitage, R Lighthouse keeper’s picnic

Bent, J Green banana hunt

Bond, D Granny who wasn’t like other grannies

Shark who bit things he shouldn’t

Brown, R Ten seeds

Burningham, J Shopping basket

Butterworth, N Jasper’s beanstalk

Carle, E Very hungry caterpillar

Cave, K Out for the count

Chichester-Clark, E Little Miss Muffet counts to ten

Cole, T Fourteen rats and a rat-catcher

Dale, P Ten in a bed

Dodds, D Minnie’s diner

Donaldson, J One Ted falls out of bed

Sharing a shell

French, V Let’s go Anna!

Gillham, B How many sharks in the bath?

Glicksman, C Eric the red

Graham, B First there was Frances

Grindley, S Four black puppies

Haskamp, S Eight silly monkeys

Hawkins, C Noah built an ark one day

This old car

Hedderwick, M Katie Morag and the birthdays

Hughes, S Alfie gets in first

Hutchins, P Doorbell rang

1 hunter

Inkpen, Mick One bear at bedtime

Kavanagh, P Three little guinea pigs

Kelly, M One more sheep

Kitamura, S When sheep cannot sleep

Kubler, A There were ten in the bed

Labrosse, D One yak called Jack

Leman, J Ten little pussy cats

Maisner, H Planet monster

Mitton, T Spookyrumpus

Offen, H Fred and Ted’s treasure hunt

Puttock, S Don’t count your chickens

Ross, T Centipede’s 100 shoes

Smith, B Wake up, Charlie dragon

Waddell, M Going up

Wells, R Bunny money

Winterson, J King of Capri

Ziefert, H Two little witches


Traditional stories:


Chicken Licken

Enormous turnip

Gingerbread man

Goldilocks and the three bears

Henny Penny

Little red hen

Princess and the pea

Three billy goats Gruff

Three little pigs

Twelve dancing princesses

Wolf and the seven little kids




Shape, space and measures



1. Shape and location


Berenstain, S Inside, outside, upside down

Bond, D Train who was frightened of the dark

Boyle, A Where is little croc?

Whose hat is that?

Brown, J Flat Stanley

Dunbar, J Baby bird

Flournoy, V Patchwork quilt

Hissey, J Old Bear

Hughes, S All shapes and sizes

Hutchins, P Changes, changes

Rosie’s walk

Madgwick, W Animaze

Morgan, D Blooming cats

Newman, M Wonderful journey of Cameron cat

Pienkowski, J Shapes

Sachar, l Sideways arithmetic from Wayside School

Stickland, P Dinosaur opposites

Sutton, E My cat likes to hide in boxes


Traditional stories:


Hansel and Gretel

Little red riding hood




2. Capacity, volume and size


Agbami, A Ruby’s recipe

Alborough, J The washing line

Allen, P Mr Archimedes’ bath

Billington, J Six feet long and three feet wide

Bourgeois, P Big Sarah’s little boots

Briggs, R Jim and the beanstalk

Burningham, J Shopping bag

Hindley, J Little and big

Hoffman, M Nancy no-size

Jonas, A Now we can go

Kroll, S Biggest pumpkin ever

Limb, S Big and little

McPhail, D Andrew’s bath

Where can an elephant hide?

Murphy, J Five minutes peace

Pienkowski, J Sizes

Shannon, M Elvira the dragon princess



Traditional stories:


Enormous turnip

Goldilocks and the three bears

Little red hen

Magic porridge pot


3. Time


Browne, E Tick tock

Butterworth, N Jasper’s beanstalk

Carle, E Bad-tempered ladybird

Very hungry caterpillar

Cave, K Just in time

Dickinson M Danny’s picture

Foreman, M Ben’s baby

Dinosaur time

Grandfather’s pencil

Gray, K Cluck o’clock

Hawkins, C What’s the time, Mr Wolf?

Hutchins, P Clocks and more clocks

Ives, P Granny’s quilt

Kidd, R Almost famous Daisy

Lloyd, D Stopwatch

Murphy, J Five minutes peace

Pienkowski, J Time

Prater, J On Friday something funny happened

Smith, B Wake up, Charlie Dragon

Waddell, M Grandma’s Bill


Traditional stories:


Little red hen

Sleeping beauty




4. Length


Armitage, R Lighthouse keeper’s cat

Lighthouse keeper’s lunch

Browne, E Tick tock

Browning, D Marina measures up

Crebbin J Train ride

Dahl, R George’s marvellous medicine

Hindley, J Isn’t it time?

Impey, R Tiny Tim, the longest jumping frog

Maisner, H Bedtime for little pandas

Moon, N Billy’s sunflower

Proysen, A Mrs Pepperpot



Traditional stories:


Jack and the beanstalk


Three bears

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Thanks from me to LornaW. I have been looking into promoting maths through stories and this list will give me an idea of where the gaps are in our provision. Brilliant :o

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Goodness! What a list! Thank you.

We did a FS maths week last year and doing it again later on this month as part of whole school thing. Spent a day on each area....NLC, CALC and SSM. Set up lots of activities, only Numeracy. Didn't do anything else. Did lots of measuring, weighing, number games etc. This time want to do more problem soving, but not sure what yet! Made a book about it with photos but it is in school and can't remember everything. Will be doing a parents workshop after school. Going to set up practical activities for parents to do in school hall. Staff man activity areas. Will do ytalk at the beginning about the diff strands of PSRN. Want to do a powerpoint on PSRN and asked the lovely people on here if anyone has one, but no one replied !


Good luck. If you want any more ideas, let me know!

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