You might notice that:
- I can recognise the numbers 1 to 5.
- I can recognise numbers that are important to me like my age, our door number, or the bus number that I go to nursery on.
- I can touch one thing and say the number name at the same time to help me count up to 3 or 4 things.
- I can count the number of things on a page, in a book, or on a birthday card.
- I can match the right number to a group of things from 1 to 5 to begin with, and then from 1 to 10.
- I can guess how many things I can see in a bucket and then count them to see how close my guess was.
- I can tell you which basket or bucket has got “more” or “fewer” things in.
- I can put two baskets of things together and tell you how many things I have altogether.
- I can tell you what “one more” is when you say a number.
- I can tell you what “one more” or “one less” is when you give me a group of up to 5 things, then up to 10 things.
- I can use words like “more”, “add”, “less” and “take away”
- I can use marks and pictures to show you my counting.
- I can use counting to help me solve problems that are important to me, like splitting my sandwich in half to share with my friend.
How you can help me learn:
- Plan a picnic with me and let me decide how many sandwiches and bananas we will need.
- Make a number line with me using birthday cards.
- Play number snap or bingo with numbers that we’ve cut out of a magazine.
- Sing number songs where I have to count backwards like “Five Little Ducks” or “Ten Fat Sausages”.