• ### Where are they now?

Matches collections, number names and symbols for some numbers in the range 1 to 1

• ### Where to next?

Makes, models, names and records collections to 10

• ### Purpose

While at the single digit stage matching numerals to collections may seem to be just a memory exercise, students will not progress even at this level unless they are encouraged to build an understanding that numbers are about ‘amount’ orquantity – that they are not just about counting sequence. This idea of quantity is what makes mathematics different to other subjects. When learning reading, knowing a sequence of letters that makes a word is of little use unless the meaning of the word is also understood. So too with mathematics, just stating the name of a number symbol is of little use unless there is an understanding of the quantityindicated by the number. WIth higher numbers, this ability requires a broad understanding of all aspects of whole number including an understanding of the base10 system and place value, counting, magnitude and location.

### Fetch

Focus: Making a collection and recording a numeral to match a spoken number.

Fetch Activity sheet

### Junkbox Inventory

Focus: Recording the number of items in different collections. Students need to correctly identify the number of items in each collections through a count, and then correctly write the corresponding numeral to record the number of items.

Junkbox Inventory Sheet

Junkbox Inventory sample lists

### A Picture Book of Numbers

Focus: Making and checking a specific collection of drawn items through counting, and correctly writing the corresponding numeral

A Picture Book of Numbers activity sheet