Maths week is a good time to take a look at how you are providing numeracy and maths experiences across your setting. There’s a whole lot of resources available to support you, the children and their families so we’ve put together just some of them below for you. Not an exhaustive list by any means but hopefully a few wee ideas to get you going!
Lots of people have hang-ups about maths work so remember it’s all about having fun with numbers, exploring and experimenting. As we know, children learn really well through sensory experiences and playing outdoors with open-ended resources so see how many different ways you can bring numeracy and maths into all the regular activities on offer – opportunities in the sandpit, mud kitchen etc for pouring, measuring, estimating, using mathematical language to compare and describe the glorious concoctions! Collect different kinds of loose parts e.g. different sizes and shapes of boxes, sticks, leaves or anything you can find, and you have ready-made resources to explore all aspects of numeracy and maths.
Here are just a few websites you can look at for some inspiration, guidance and ideas.
Creative Star: Juliet Robertson – great ideas for using loose parts and outdoor maths experiences.
Twinkl – a free downloadable resource pack for Maths Week which could spark some ideas for you.
If you, or other adults, or parents and carers want to improve their own number skills or help their children there are a lot of resources available from National Numeracy here: https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/
Don’t forget all the different songs, rhymes and story books you can use that are full of maths ideas. There are so many counting stories and books full of rich colours and patterns to spark conversation. Why not act some out, or make up your own? We know that using our whole bodies helps learning. There’s some ideas of books to borrow from the library here: http://www.readwritecount.scot/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/numeracy-book-list.pdf
Whatever you do – have loads of fun with numeracy and maths and send us some stories and photos of what you get up to!
CALA Improvement Coordinator