This books shows how traditional rhymes can be used to stimulate a wealth of early investigations into mathematics. Some of the links are obvious: ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ is a cue for talking about money and ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ brings in time. But there are many other imaginative ways of opening up vital areas of the National Curriculum for mathematics. For example, in ‘Little Miss Muffet’, looking at the spider’s legs can lead to number work and looking at its web to pattern work; while ‘Polly Put The Kettle On’ can introduce work on measurement, sequencing and data handling.
Part of the fun of the work described in this book is the use of games and puzzles linked to the rhymes. Like the other activities, these require little extra expense or effort, with many of the materials being photocopiable from the book.
As well as proving useful, the ideas here should encourage giving the “mathematics treatment” to other rhymes for infant classes. This is a unique approach to teaching where both teacher and pupil can have a lot of enjoyment, all whilst building a sound but varied foundation for a child’s future in maths.
Format: Spiral Bound
210 x 297mm