Term 1 Week 4 – Number 5

During the topic and literacy work for this week we mentioned many animals amongst them the parrot.  (follow the previous blogs).

We counted 5 colourful feathers which the children stuck on the parrot’s wing so he could talk   🙂

Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 5.

  • Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time. In this case the star stickers.
  • Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5
  • Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if there are only 5 objects (stars).

The children used the above counting technique for the feathers, blocks as well an interactive whiteboard game which you can also play with your children at home.  I obviously selected counting up to 5 part).

Here is the link:


(I muted the sound of the game because a couple of children did not like the sound the bear made when the teddy ate too much or too little cupcakes.)

To help us learn the formation of number 5 we use the following Story

Mrs. Duck has 5 little ducklings.  They went for a swim on the lake because it was a very hot day.  The 5 little ducklings wondered off and mummy duck could not see them anymore.

She was very worried and   went to look for them.  Her feathers were all flustered and soaking wet because of the heat.  She had to wear a hat to protect her head.

5 duck

To remember the formation of this number we can use the shape of Mrs. Duck.  This is what we say:

  1. Start at the eye
  2. Go down the neck
  3. Go round the body to wipe her feathers dry
  4. Lift
  5. Hat on head

5 little ducks nursery rhyme –


  • The children were also exposed to the numicon shape which helps them see the value of five. The children were also given table top counters such as buttons, bottle caps, blocks and interconnecting camels to count till 5.

5 numicon.jpg
Now the children got used to using the number scrapbook.  They rainbow coloured the number 5 as well as counted and stuck 5 little fish in a fish bowl.  (This is another possible pet   🙂 ). We will be doing more practice work with number 5 next week.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • It is important that you practice the numbers done so far by using the animal stories and the rhymes so the children become more confident in their number work.
  • They can draw various objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard, count them and help them write the corresponding value using rice, flour and sand saying the story or rhyme in the process. Please praise every little effort the children make.  If they do mistakes just correct them with no fuss at all and tell them to try it again together.  Repetition, practice and praise help build their confidence.



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