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Hi All,

 

I'm looking for your thoughts and ideas regarding one of the 30-50month Maths outcomes. The outcome is 'to begin to represent numbers using fingers marks on paper or pictures'.

I'm planning an observation lesson on it and would just like peoples thoughts or ideas! What sort of activities do you do to link to this outcome? We will be learning about Polar Animals this week.

 

Thanks in advance!

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The mathematical understanding is that numbers represent an amount, which can be recorded ie for further reference For an activity I would be discussing with children how they could record something they need to record, maybe a problem to solve or a sorting/ classification activity?

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I worked with a teacher to develop independent mathematical mark making a while back and it was great seeing how the children represented their workings out. I remember they did a money activity and the children could buy flowers worth 1,2 or 3p. One child drew coins, one drew tally marks, one just did the standard sum and another drew around the tops of the right number of fingers. All got the correct outcome for their chosen flower combination but how they demonstrated it showed a lot more about their grasp of concrete or abstract concepts of calculation.

 

http://www.childrens-mathematics.org.uk/publications_making_sense.pdf

 

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We have 'number detectives' - we stick numbers up around the Nursery and the children go off with clipboards to find them. We have tick sheets, tally charts or 'write the numbers you have found', depending on ability. I know ticking isn't strictly representing numbers but it allows the 2 year-olds to join in - they do love a clipboard :1b

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