Talking about positions and shape properties
enjoy putting objects in lines wiggling all over the place.
build on this by providing an environment that will give good opportunities for language work and discoveries.
Encouraging mathematical thinking and reasoning:
Gather together a selection of flat shapes of different colours and sizes, with sufficient room to create paths in and around the surroundings. This could be indoors or outdoors using man-made or natural shapes. The children are asked to ‘make paths!’.
Tell me about your paths.
Let’s look at what everyone has made.
I wonder where this path is going.
I wonder who/what could be going along your path. How do you know what to put next?
Who used more shapes, you or ... ?
Why did you put ... next to the ... ?
Is there a pattern to your path? What could you put after the ... ?
Can you make your paths go (under the ... , round the ... , by the ... )?
How many teddies/lorries can use your path?
Can you put more lorries on your path?
The Mathematical Journey
Comparing and describing:
Would you like to show your path on paper?
• using everyday language to describe geometric ideas
• using mathematical language to describe shape, moving from informal such as wiggly, to more specific such as straight or curved
• counting and knowing that the last number in the path tells the total
Adding and subtracting:
• increasing or decreasing the number of shapes in the path
Properties of shapes:
• selecting shapes to add to the path by analysing their properties
• using shapes to solve problems about the route of the path
Development and Variation
• Collect all kinds of objects, both natural and man-made, and stack them up into towers.
• Fit different objects into big boxes or drawers.
• Choose things to build with outside.
Small flat shapes that could be used as stepping stones or put together to make a continuous path.
Outside, look for larger flat shapes that are able to be carried safely, both man-made and natural.
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