Numbers make patterns, shapes and sequences, so why not play with them while you build an understanding of the way they underpin your world? Our smallest pupils certainly do.
They might be counting out pieces of fruit at break, making up counting rhymes about currant buns or telling us which number bay they’ve parked their bike in – they’re learning without noticing.
Sizes are another opportunity for fun when they’re correctly labelling the sizes of the three bears and measuring them against our height chart before giving each bear the correct small, middle-sized or large chair, bed and bowl. And shapes take form (literally) in the models they build and songs they sing.
Positions are important, too, so we put Barnaby bear under a chair, behind a box or hide him, before using the correct language to explain where he’s gone. Cue lots of giggles!