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Favourite stories and tales can be lovely ways to encourage talk around mathematical concepts and lead to further exploration. I thought it would be fun to have a try at this ourselves this week!

In the book ‘Big Ideas of Early Mathematics’ is an example of where a Reception class had enjoyed a book so much – the book in question was ‘Dear Peter Rabbit’ by Alma Flor Ada – that it lead to a mathematical exploration.

In the book, a variety of characters from different traditional tales are invited to a party and so the children were asked to plan which characters they would invite to their party. The children were allowed to invite 10 characters and had to present a poster showing the name of the story and how many from that story were to be invited. At the party, you could have Goldilocks and the three bears – this would be 4 of the invitees, then Hansel and Gretel, leaving 4 more to invite - perhaps the three little pigs and the big bad wolf (who would of course be on his best behaviour!).

Here, the idea that within the number 10 live other numbers – so 10 being constructed of 4 + 2 + 4 – was the mathematical concept being explored. The children could then find different ways of regrouping 10 – maybe the three blind mice and the seven dwarves – or if they wanted to invite Shrek, Princess Fiona and Donkey, how many more characters would they be able to invite?

Encourage your child to represent their characters as a part whole diagram as shown below:



Also this week we are having a focus on money and identifying different coins correctly as well as starting to recognise their value. Get started by naming the different coins and putting them in order according to their worth. 
Use the activities below to practise counting totals using coins and combining amounts to find totals.