Every Numberjacks experience aims to combine
entertainment and education. We want to help young children enjoy early
solving and thinking skills, to help them get off to a good start at
school with a cheerful and positive attitude towards maths that will
last them all
their lives. The learning in Numberjacks covers a wide range of
topics, including numbers,
counting, shape, measurement, movement, position, pattern and problem
We base our learning on the
guide lines of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Numeracy Framework
in the UK. Early years maths is very similar in most
countries, and we check the content of the programmes against the maths
curriculums of other countries too.
'Joined-up thinking’ is a key Numberjacks aim, and
we hope to carry that across into all Numberjacks products and experiences, all
of which will be, we hope, a suitable mix of entertainment and education. Almost all Numberjacks products will, where
possible, contain ideas for activities and things to do that extend both the
play and the learning that the product can offer.
We also hope that Numberjacks will be an
entertaining way for parents and carers to talk about maths with their
children. Many adults are much more
comfortable helping children to read than to ‘do maths’, and Numberjacks is an
opportunity to share in and engage with the child’s enthusiasm for
learning. It is actually very easy to
find things to do that will help a child with mathematical and thinking
skills. Please do talk about the
programmes, follow up the challenges that each programme ends with, and
generally enrich your child’s enjoyment and understanding of Numberjacks by
being there to share the fun.
Helping your child with any of the any or all of the following will help to
develop good thinking and maths skills:
Be curious and interested in the
Look around, notice things,
Compare numbers, amounts and
things – are they the same, different, equal?
What is the same or different
about this one and that one?
Are things bigger, smaller,
heavier, lighter, fuller, empty?
Do things match, are they
linked, can you sort them into groups?
What happens if…
Try things out to see what
happens – repeat, change, reverse what you did?
Now what happens?
Solve problems by wondering,
asking questions, thinking, imagining, predicting
Enjoy numbers – which can
describe how many there are of something, how big something is (shoes) or label
something (house number, bus number)
Know the number names, what they number they represent,
and what order they come in
Count out loud, forwards and
Count things, before and after
moving them around, count sounds, count with and without touching things
Find the number one more or one
less than other number
Join groups of things to see how
many they make altogether
Take some things away and count how many are left
Share things out one by one
Estimate if you have enough
things to go round, or to fill a box.
Count to check afterwards
Count how many of one thing
“make” another thing
Look at shapes, and their sides, corners and edges – how
many, are they stragith or curved? What
this are the same shape?
Find shapes such a square,
circle, rectangle, oblong, triangle, star, diamond
Find solid shapes such a cube,
box, sphere, pyramid, cone, cylinder
Put things in order, by number,
size, what happened first
Look at how things move - right,
left, up, down, forward, backwards, turn, start, stop, fast, slow
Look at where things are
positioned - in, out, inside, outside, next to, above, below, between, on,
under, over, through, close to, near, far away, distant
Find patterns in designs,
bricks, natural and manufactured things – can you copy, extend, match, reverse
the patterns, or create your own?
Talk about what is going on, explain, make simple marks
in paper to “record” what is happening
Above all – enjoy it!