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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”.


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