Early Years Newsletter

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on October 11, 2019

Important Dates    
21st October 2019* date change Monday Pre-School visit to
23rd October 2019 Wednesday FOSS Halloween Disco 3-5pm
Reception upwards
25th October-
1st November
Friday-Friday Pre-School and School Half Term
4th November 2019 Monday Nursery Parents Evening 6pm (Appointment only)
9th November 2019 Saturday FOSS Firework Night
13th November 2019 Wednesday Pre-School Parents Evening 4pm (Appointment only)
15th November 2019 Friday Children In Need Charity Day
30th November 2019 Saturday FOSS Christmas Fayre 11am
3rd December 2019 Tuesday Pre-School Nativity Play 9.30am
10th December 2019 Tuesday Early Years Christmas Party and Magic Show
13th December 2019 Friday All departments will
close at 12 noon today Pre-School and School Christmas Holidays
19th December 2019 Thursday Nursery Mince Pie
and Mingle
20th December Friday Baby Unit
Stay and Play

Early Years Mathematics

At first though mathematics and play seem poles apart, but this is far from the truth, as providing the children with a wide variety of play experiences will indeed benefit their mathematical knowledge. From the time we are born, babies are surrounded by sense impressions, with shapes in particular being of immediate importance as they react instinctively to the arrangement of shapes which make up the human face. Wherever they are, children have opportunities to enjoy and learn maths and with adult support they can grasp many mathematical concepts through their play experiences.

Through the EYFS (2017) we endeavour to ensure all the children are exposed to a vast variety of mathematical concepts that encourage them to:

• know and understand early maths language of measurement, shapes, spaces, positions, early numbers, order and patterns

• know the sequence of numbers

• begin to understand positional words, e.g. in, on, outside

• show an awareness of time

• be aware of shapes in their environment

• be aware of 1-to-1 correspondence

• acquire new mathematical vocabulary

• learn number rhymes and songs, e.g. one, two, buckle my shoe etc.

• be aware of conservation (logical thinking ability)

We look at the big picture and continually work beyond a child “knowing her/his numbers” to understanding why and what mathematical system really means. This is balanced between done child led opportunities and adult initiated activities.

This week in Babies… they have been exploring breakfast cereal! Using their multi sensory experiences of sight, touch, hearing and taste they explored quantity, sorting and counting, this even extended to the cleaning up as they looked at the amount on the floor! All mathematical operations.

This week in Acorns… conker hunting and collecting led to some amazing counting opportunities together with lots of size and shape sorting. During this they began to use some mathematical language, including big, bigger, and biggest, small, smaller and smallest.

This week the Squirrels and Hedgehogs… have been exploring emptying and filling containers using the puddles outside. A fantastic opportunity to look at capacity. The children splashed and used their hands and large utensils to fill buckets, bottles, jars and bowls of all sizes. Empting those into different containers visually showed then how capacities vary. I also heard lots of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…Jump!

This week the Bunnies and Owls… enjoyed autumn and hedgehog play, including a visit from the rescue hedgehog lady with some cute companions. There have been some fabulously fun autumn maths activities, from taking part in a hedgehog board game, estimating how many, and matching numbers to objects.

Remember experiences at home also lend themselves to the promotion of early mathematics:

• learning about money as they go shopping

• becoming aware of numbers as they count the stairs

• starting to understand the concept of time as they become familiar with the routine of their day – wash, dress, breakfast etc.

We all use maths skills in our daily lives and finding opportunities for supporting children is easy when we know how.