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Number Detectives

Within our nurseries, we engage children in meaningful mathematical learning, whilst developing knowledge, building skills and exploring concepts, through purposeful play and plenty of practice.

This page highlights some of the ways you can support your child to become a number detective at home.

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Look out for numbers in the environment

Incorporating numbers into your child's daily routine will help to strengthen their mathematics foundation and make it more relevant to their everyday life.

• It allows them to see numbers in action and understand how they are used in everyday life, and can make learning more engaging and fun for the child.

• This type of hands-on learning helps to improve their number recognition and counting skills.

• Looking out for numbers with your child in the environment on your walk to nursery, shops, or the park, is beneficial in helping their mathematical skills because it provides real-world context for the numbers they are learning.

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Encourage children to take part in daily activities involving numbers and problem solving

Encouraging children to take part in daily activities involving numbers and problem solving is important because it helps to develop their mathematical skills in a practical and relatable way.

• These activities include counting objects, measuring ingredients while cooking, or solving simple mathematical problems. By participating in these types of activities, children learn to apply concepts to real-world situations and develop critical thinking skills.

• It also helps to make the subject more engaging and enjoyable for them, which leads to a better understanding and retention of maths concepts.

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Play simple games such as snakes & ladders or ludo

Playing simple games such as snakes & ladders or ludo can provide benefits such as developing their number recognition, counting, and basic arithmetic skills.

These games also help to improve their understanding of spatial relationships and basic geometry, and can help children develop their problem-solving skills, as they learn to strategize and plan ahead.

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