Numeracy is a subject I really enjoy teaching. I really feel that there is so much that can be done with it. In my class I try to keep all the activities as practical as possible so that the children are fully engaged. I believe that when it comes to numeracy children learn by ‘doing’ rather than opening a maths text book or filling out constant worksheets. Although there is of course a time and a place for written work it is important that the children first learn the basic concepts through the use of concrete materials and a great deal of active learning.

I have a maths corner in my class that the children can use independently. Like the literacy centres I gradually introduced the children to the maths centre at the beginning of the year. The children really love this centre and often this is where they like to go during ‘Choosing Time.’

The Maths Corner

On the top shelf: bead and threads, maths books, balances, a 100 bead bar

On the middle shelf: number fans, numeral cards, dice, base ten materials, 100 squares, coloured counters, dominoes

On the bottom shelf: Pattern dots, pegs and peg boards, large dice, maths activities box, 2D shapes

There are an assortment of games and activities in the red maths activities box:

Triangle number cards, the children can play various number games. The example here is totals that make 10

Ten Frames. There are a wealth of activities children can do using a ten frame.

'Make 10' game

A game to practice counting on and counting back

The above game was taken from here.

Another game to practice counting on and counting back

The above game 'Teddy Bear Walk' was taken from this amazing book. I would recommend this book to anyone teaching in Key Stage 1.


A game to practices doubling and doubles

The ‘House Number Game’ was also taken from this site.