This week we started our numeracy lessons with the concept of small/less and big/more.
Step 1 – The children were shown various examples of objects that we find in the classroom and they had to say which are small and which are big. I also used eggs as an example.
Step 2 – We then proceeded to quantity where the children were shown two containers at a time and by comparing they had to state which contained more or which had less. They learnt that sometimes we cannot count the objects one by one they are so small, such as rice or sand.
Step 3 – We then moved on to looking at a number line were the numbers close to 1 are smaller than the numbers closer to 10. The latter are bigger. This is a difficult concept and for the children to understand it better we used tangible objects (blocks and the numicon shapes).
You can play games using this language of more or less with the children as you go along the house whilst doing your chores such as the laundry.
Whilst putting the clothes into a pile say: which has more, this pile of socks or this pile of towels? Or which plate has less pasta, this plate or this one? Which is bigger in quantity 5 eggs or 9 eggs? And so forth …
The children worked out a page where they had to cut different sized eggs and stick them on their workbook according to size.
The children worked two other pages were they could compare numbers on a number line using blocks and numicon shapes and colouring in the smaller and bigger number respectively.