This week, the children have continued to practise activities that underline the purpose of counting – to find out ‘how many’ objects there are altogether. They have reinforced their understanding of cardinality – that the last number in the count tells us ‘how many’ things there are altogether in a set of objects – and they have further practised their 1:1 correspondence skill, by counting numbers at the same time as moving or tagging objects.
A key focus this week has been on deepening their understanding of 5 as a quantity by linking the number itself to the 5 fingers on one hand. The children started to explore ways to represent numbers to 5 using both their fingers and the Hungarian number pattern (pattern of 5 on a dice). These key representations help to underline the ‘fiveness’ of 5.