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Number Formation


You may wish to practise number formation with your child. The children really enjoy mark making using lots of materials and mark making tools such as flour, sand, glitter, paint brushes, sticks etc (we’ve added some pictures to give you some ideas) Below are the number formation rhymes that we sing with the children (they sing them every day) 


0 - from the top go all the way around

1 - go straight down and that is all 

2 - swing it round and then go right

3 - swing it round and then once more

4 - down, slide, cut in half

5 - down, round, put on a hat

6 - come on down and make a swirl

7 - slide to the right and slant on down

8 - make an ‘s’ and go straight home

9 - make a loop, go up then down

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The Part-whole reasoning or model is the concept of how numbers can be split into parts. Children using this model will see the relationship between the whole number and the component parts, this helps children make the connections between addition and subtraction.


The pictures below demonstrate how a whole group of 5 Cheerios have been shared into two groups / split into two parts in different ways. Our children are used to partitioning amounts in this way, anything can be used as a counter, from buttons to beads and even your child’s favourite cereal. If your child wants to be challenged, try encouraging them to partition varying amounts. They will amaze you with their knowledge of number bonds for 10 (as in 1+9=10, 2+8=10 etc) if you encourage them to partition 10 counters. 


You may may wish to demonstrate the difference between odd and even numbers with your child, by showing them that an even number of counters can always be split into two equal parts / groups.



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Ordering and Recording Numbers


Your child would benefit greatly from regular practise with ordering and recording numbers. In school, we encourage the children to do the following:

* identify and then record odd numbers and even numbers (we call them odd cods and even Stevens 😊)

* identify and then record missing numbers

* chant and then record sequences of numbers e.g. in fives and then tens up to 100


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3D Shapes


We have been learning all about 3D shapes and their properties.  We have discussed which shapes are best for rolling, stacking, being at the base and the top of structures etc. We have looked at famous buildings and structures around the world and identified the 3D shapes used. We have even been using the following language to describe the various shapes:


*faces / sides

*curved / round



*corners / points


We have been on a 3D shape hunt around the school, sorted the shapes into different groups, guessed what shapes had been wrapped in foil and even used nets to cut out and create our own 3D shapes......we thought you might like to try these activities at home. Further practise with 3D shapes would be highly beneficial to consolidate your child’s learning.

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