Nursery

Maths in nursery.

By the end of nursery, children should be able to:

  • Count out up to six objects from a larger group.
  • Recognise the written numbers 1 to 5.
  • Match numeral and quantity correctly.
  • Compare two groups, saying when they have the same number.
  • Begin to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures.
  • Use words such as bigger, smaller, longer, shorter, heavier and lighter to compare things.
  • Make simple patterns and talk about them.
  • Name shapes such as a circle, square, triangle and rectangle.
  • Use words such as over, under and inside to describe where things are.

Other documents on this page:

  • 'What to expect, when' - government guidance to children's development through nursery and reception.
  • A booklet of suggested activities to encourage the development of maths at home.

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