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Foundation Stage: Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy: Shape, Space and Measures

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  • Match sets of objects to numerals that represent the number of objects.

  • Talk about, recognise and recreate simple patterns .

  • Order two or three items by length or height.

  • Order two items by weight or capacity.

  • Describe solutions to practical problems, drawing on experience, talking about own ideas, methods and choices.

  • Show curiosity about and observation of shapes by talking about how they are the same or different.

  • Use language such as 'greater', 'smaller', 'heavier' or 'lighter' to compare quantities .

  • Use everyday language related to time; order and sequence familiar events, and measure short periods of time with a non-standard unit, for example, with a sand timer.

  • Use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems .

  • Use language such as 'circle' or 'bigger' to describe the shape and size of solids and flat shapes .

  • Sort familiar objects to identify their similarities and differences, making choices and justifying decisions.

  • Use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.

  • Select a particular named shape.

  • Show awareness of symmetry.

  • Find items from positional or directional clues.

  • Match some shapes by recognising similarities and orientation.

  • Begin to use mathematical names for 'solid' 3D shapes and 'flat' 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.

  • Count how many objects share a particular property, presenting results using pictures, drawings or numerals.


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