Sorting and patterns are the basis for initial activities. Recognising patterns and sequencing are very important for future number work. We explore different strategies for understanding numbers to 10, which includes counting orally forwards and backwards, number recognition, and beginning to practice ordering. Practical activities are very important, but written number work is also covered with regular practice to ensure correct formation of the numerals. More, less, and simple practical addition is introduced.
Shape, Space and Measure
We introduce the language associated with both 2D and 3D shape, learning to name and describe properties in a variety of ways, for a selection of common shapes. Comparison is a skill used in many activities, but also helps to introduce the terminology for measurement of length and height. Description of capacity is begun in practical terms – ‘full, empty, how much do we need’ etc. We discuss time in context of days and months, and times of day. O’clock is introduced as part of our daily routine.