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  • looking at prices
  • calculating change - which coins, different combinations
  • deciding on coins to pay a bill
  • guessing the value of a coin from a description
  • weighing fruit and vegetables in the supermarket
  • counting pocket money
  • calculating the price of a holiday from brochures
  • reading labels on bottles, packets, in order to discuss capacity, weight, shape, colour
  • estimating the final bill at the end of shopping while waiting at the cash out
  • calculating VAT, calculating foreign currency exchange rates
  • purchasing litres of petrol and calculating total cost
  • calculating discounts eg 20% reduction, 50% sale price
  • calculating how many tins fill an area on a shelf
  • using shopping bills to calculate change
  • estimating how many apples, tomatoes in a pound
  • calculating bank accounts and rates of interest
  • calculating postage on letters using first or second class stamps
  • writing and sorting shopping lists
  • rubbings of different coins – can we recognise the value?
  • talking about the different shapes of packets, tins etc.
  • calculating the cost of a meal using a menu
  • compare the prices of the same item in different shops
  • using a collection of receipts as a basis for addition, etc
  • calculating the cost of the contents of a lunch box
  • using a scanner in a supermarket
  • using the till receipt to check the shopping
  • calculating price per pound, kilogram, etc
  • Calculating the cost of the family going to the cinema, swimming baths, etc

Talk about numbers!!

  • looking at the clock - identify the numbers
  • telling the time
  • calculating how long a journey will take looking at train/bus/airline timetables
  • using TV guide to calculate the length of programmes
  • programming the video, the microwave
  • discussing the seasons
  • looking at a calendar - days, weeks, months
  • planning out birthdays and discussing how many weeks
  • estimating how long it will take to walk/drive to school
  • identifying the day of the week on a newspaper
  • calculating time differences in foreign countries
  • calculating the age given a date, eg I was born in 1954, how old am I? The building was built in 1860, how old is it?
  • discussing the age of family members, putting them in order
  • calculating the time if the clock is 10 minutes fast, 10 minutes slow
  • trying to find a clock in every shop on a visit to town
  • looking at the posting times on the post box
  • discussing events in the day eg tea time, bed time, bath time
  • setting the radio alarm
  • standing still for a minute – count 60 seconds
  • looking at different types of clocks
  • looking at the headstones in a graveyard to calculate ages, etc
  • using Teletext on TV
  • Vocabulary of time – decade, century, millennium
  • using clocks - analogue and digital

Think about numbers!!

  • the main events of the day eg breakfast, lunch
  • routines and what comes next
  • the parts of a recipe, set of instructions
  • getting dressed
  • tying shoe laces
  • the seasons of the year, months of the year
  • organising a sponsored event
  • the instructions to make a cup of tea
  • tying laces
  • What comes next?
  • calculating distances in a journey eg how much further? How many miles to the litre?
  • calculating heights of family members - who is the tallest?
  • measuring weights of ingredients for baking
  • playing with plastic jugs and containers in the bath
  • measuring a distance using hand spans, footsteps
  • reading a map to calculate the distance of a journey
  • using non-standard measures to decide a measurement
  • comparing sizes of clothes - bigger than, smaller than
  • calculating areas eg how many squares on the patio, how many tiles in the shower?
  • calculating in DIY activities eg estimate amount of carpet, curtain material, paint etc
  • looking at bottles and discussing capacity of various containers
  • recording the growth of plants in the garden
  • estimating the length of the holiday journey
  • drawing simple plans of the bedroom, the kitchen, the garden
  • looking at road signs to discuss distances
  • comparing the shoe sizes within the family
  • identifying position on an OS map using co-ordinates and grid references
  • calculating capacity of coke can, milk cartons, etc
  • reading the scale on weighing machines and calculating the calibrations
  • measuring ingredients out for a recipe using different types of spoons
  • comparing journey distances using different routes
  • calculating the capacity of the bath using a variety of containers
  • converting miles to kilometres on a car journey
  • discussing oven temperature when cooking
  • monthly diary of own weight, height, etc
  • matching metric weight of article to that on the label
  • using different length measuring devices eg rulers, tape measures
  • weighing different toys to find heaviest, lightest, two the same, etc
  • talking about thermostats in the home
  • water consumption/wastage in the home
  • measuring the growth of plants using non-standard measures
  • estimating the quantity of milk from cow/herd
  • estimating the amount of time to harvest a field
  • making orange squash – how many cups can you get from one bottle?
  • weighing unusual items eg snails
  • discussing the weight of your pet at the vets
  • estimating with string the circumference, perimeter of a puddle made by pouring 1 pint of water on the ground
  • estimating then counting the squares contained in the outline of a hand/foot
  • making clothes for toys to scale
  • wrapping parcels - what amount of paper, string do we need?

Numbers are fun!!

  • collections of objects - shells, buttons, pretty stones
  • cars on a journey eg how many red cars?
  • animals in a field eg sheep, cows
  • stairs up to bed, steps etc
  • stepping stones in the garden
  • railings around the school, park, garden
  • lamp posts, gates, road signs
  • house numbers but emphasising odd and even
  • sports scores - cricket averages, goal averages
  • pages in a story book
  • traffic to pass a house and draw graphs, pie charts to represent data
  • counting up to 10, 20, 100 – backwards and forwards
  • counting buttons, shoes, socks as a child gets dressed
  • tidy a cupboard or shelf and count the contents eg tins, shoes, etc
  • rows of seeds in the garden and plants in pots etc
  • counting particular vehicles on a journey eg Eddie Stobart lorries, motor bikes, etc
  • using magnetic numbers to make sums on the fridge door
  • counting the legs on pub signs eg Duke of York, The Horse and Farrier
  • tally charts eg bird survey
  • on a bus journey count how many people on the bus, how many get off, etc

Have fun with numbers!!

  • using car number plates - add the digits to find biggest, smallest and total
  • sharing out sweets, toys etc in groups of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc to help with times tables
  • looking for numbers - in shops, on buses, doors, cars
  • using telephone numbers - add the digits to find the nearest to 20, 30 etc
  • using telephone numbers - value of each digit
  • using sandwiches to show fractions 1/2, 1/4
  • using a round sandwich cake to show fractions 1/2, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8 etc
  • looking at house numbers along the street
  • looking in newspapers at sports results – calculate average scores, average crowds, etc
  • looking at speed limits on a journey
  • finding 'big' numbers in newspapers
  • pressing the digits on the telephone to make a call with an adult
  • looking for numbers in the home eg washing machine, thermometer, cooker
  • checking the temperature in different parts of the world in a newspaper
  • calculating the age of a car, wagon, coach from the number plate
  • on a visit to town – can you find a number 5, 6, etc?
  • collecting data and representing in pictorial form eg graph, pie chart
  • reading meters eg electricity, gas
  • using TV weather forecast to discuss temperature, wind speed, wind direction, etc
  • folding towels to show ½, ¼
  • calculating the number of twin lambs born
  • using the appropriate vocabulary eg position – on, over, up, down, above, below
  • keeping a height chart in the kitchen/bedroom

Numbers pop up everywhere!!

  • laying the table for four people
  • planning a TV viewing session
  • planning a day out for the family
  • asking what do you think will happen if ......?
  • How did numbers help you?

In relation to planning:

  • school visits
  • menus
  • school teams
  • sports day
  • family day out to a theme park
  • family day out to the shops
  • You need your numbers to help in solving problems
  • singing nursery rhymes and songs
  • clapping in different sequences
  • reading stories with a number element
  • games of chance
  • calculator fun games
  • looking for shapes in the environment eg windows
  • looking for and making patterns eg bricks in a wall, square tiles on a floor
  • playing with a number line or number square
  • using a thermometer to read temperature - identify negative numbers
  • identifying angles eg right angles
  • looking at symmetry eg petals on a flower
  • making 3D shapes in card
  • tessellating shapes eg tiles in the bathroom
  • grabbing straws – estimating a group of 10, 12, 15, etc
  • counting how many items will fit into a match box or film canister
  • using fridge magnet numbers and sponge numbers around the house
  • making a 50cm string circle – how many items will fit in it?
  • make a scrap book of numbers
  • learning times tables - tape on a car journey
  • using cross stitch and mosaics - shape, counting and symmetry
  • making sandcastles and discussing different shapes
  • using salt dough, plasticine to make numbers
  • using a compass when on a walk to check direction, degrees, angles

Numbers are just everywhere!!

  • Skipping - every skip count, 2, 3, 4 etc
  • Hop scotch
  • Ludo
  • Snakes & Ladders
  • Dominoes
  • Cards - number sequences
  • Bingo
  • Dice
  • Yahtzee
  • Darts
  • Heads & Tails and keep a tally
  • Chess and draughts
  • Monopoly
  • Computer programmes
  • Beetle
  • Bridge
  • Snap
  • Connect 4
  • Counting games to practise times tables
  • I spy a number in town, on a journey
  • Number jigsaws
  • Rummy
  • Patience
  • Clock golf, croquet, crazy golf on holiday to help counting
  • Snooker
  • Pool
  • Number Lotto
  • Dot to dot with numbers
  • Skittles
  • Polydron
  • Happy families
  • Whist
  • Shuttle table
  • Quoits
  • Newmarket
  • Pontoon
  • Cribbage
  • Number crosswords, dot to dot, puzzles
  • Rubik cube

Play games – enjoy numbers!!

• setting the table - 1 to 1 correspondence and sorting cutlery
• sorting buttons, beads, colours of pegs, sweets, biscuits, containers, seeds for the garden, flowers
• sorting clothes for washing - size, colour
• matching pairs of socks, gloves, shoes
• ordering a group of items by size
• threading beads on a string to a set pattern
• sorting groceries

Sort numbers – match numbers!!