Word of the Week!



Subitising  The immediate, correct assignation of a number word to a small collection of perceptual items.

I didn’t realise the importance of subitising and spatial patterns until I began working with the Maths Recovery approach! Instant recognition of dice and domino patterns really helps children develop visual images of numbers, and begin to add and subtract without needing to see materials.

Maths Recovery sees subitising as an important role in young children’s numerical development. Look at Chapter 5 in the book Teaching Number in the Classroom, by Wright et al if you have it in your school!

Recognition of spatial patterns help children develop concepts of numbers, see a link between the number name of the pattern and the last dot they count and begin to develop the ability to combine and partition numbers without counting.

I found this idea on this website:


Sounds like a fantastic way to provide experiences at Early level for children to link numbers and patterns, and develop their subitising skills! Please comment and share any more ideas you have to help children develop subitising. How about finger painting dice patterns? Bingo? Playdough patterns? Printing? Let me know!

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4 Responses to Word of the Week!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant! I’m going to start a maths word wall in school AND add this link to our school blog forparents. Thanks!


  2. Eva says:

    I love the subitising jigsaw for Early level, but it seems to have some pages missing, do you know where I could find them?


    • Glad you like it! Yes you are right – it only goes up to 16 instead of 20. Just checked the original and unfortunately this seems to be all I have, but should be easy enough to add the next numbers or it could just be used for numbers up to 16!


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