Numeracy through literacy!

spaghetti for all 100 angry ants a place for zero how big is a million365 penguins jellybeans

I love this link from Cockernhoe Primary School for using books and stories to inspire fun and challenging maths experiences through a range of ages and stages:

This also shows how the same story can be used to differentiate activities or for different stages:

While I think books and stories, such as The Hungry Caterpillar, are widely used to provide numeracy learning experiences in the early stages, it is also great to see how we could use literacy further on through school too. I love the idea of using “How Many Jellybeans?” to show and visualise large numbers, exploring place value and the concept of multiplication, or “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All” to teach area and perimeter!

There are lots of opportunities to show how maths and numeracy are part of our daily lives, and plan learning experiences to inspire and challenge children in a fun and meaningful context. Please share any books, stories or poems you have found to be great ways of teaching maths and numeracy too!

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3 Responses to Numeracy through literacy!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve got some of those books and the kids love them- especially the ‘How Big is a Million?’ one. Scholastic have a series of books called ‘Maths Readers’ which are good too. They come for reception age, year 1 and year 2 but we just split them between P1/2/3 classes for what suited us.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant stuff!


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